The executive would consider confinement on weekends in the Paris region as is already the case in part of the Alpes-Maritimes and the North. The mayor of Paris is hostile to this hypothesis.
In a context of increasing cases of Covid-19 in France, Ile-de-France could be the next region affected by partial containment on weekends, on the model of decisions taken in the Alpes-Maritimes and the North .
According to The world, the government plans to force the populations of Paris and its region but also of Oise and Eure-et-Loir to be placed under house arrest every weekend “from Saturday March 6, except for a surprise improvement in the situation” . This hypothesis would have been at the heart of discussions on March 1 between the Paris police prefect Didier Lallement, the director of the Regional Health Agency Aurélien Rousseau, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and the president of the Ile-de-France region. Valérie Pécresse.
Matignon however specified the same day that this scenario was not “necessarily privileged and even less decided” at this stage and remained subject to the evolutions of the epidemic.
“The police chief asked me about the government’s proposal to confine Paris and the inner suburbs on weekends. I said my disagreement with this proposal that I find difficult, hard, even inhuman, ”said Anne Hidalgo on the subject.
Valérie Pécresse had been more favorable to the hypothesis, judging on February 28 on LCI that there was a “speed race between the variants and the vaccination”. “It is likely that of the 20 departments which are today the most at risk [dont ceux d’Ile-de-France] we will have to take additional restrictive measures, ”she said.
“Four to six weeks” without hope?
Traveling on March 1 to Stains (Seine-Saint-Denis), the President of the Republic for his part estimated that it was still necessary to hold “four to six weeks” in the standoff with the Covid-19. Comments clarified the same evening at 8 p.m. of TF1 by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran who estimated that “over the next 4 to 6 weeks, we should not expect that we reduce the scope of the measures” of restriction.
Around three million French people have so far been vaccinated against Covid-19, including 1.5 million with two doses, mostly elderly people and health professionals with vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna.
The campaign will accelerate with the opening to 65-75 year olds suffering from co-morbidities (obesity, diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular diseases), “ie 2.5 million more French people”, who will be able to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at “Their attending physician, in the hospital following them” or “in a few days in the pharmacy”, announced Olivier Véran, relying on a decision of the High Authority for Health (HAS).