France: 'State is letting us down' says Dunkirk mayor
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President Emmanuel Macron has come under fire as France struggles to get a grip on raising coronavirus cases. Despite ordering borders to be closed with Britain in December, the Covid mutation first identified in Kent is now responsible for a large majority of recent COVID-19 cases around the area of Dunkirk, according to a statement released Saturday from regional health authorities. The mayor of the French port city has spoken out against Mr Macron, adding the state was “letting people down.”
Mayor Patrice Vergriete told France 24: “It’s not enough to take some measures, we need measures appropriate for our situation.
“And the state is letting us down.”
His words came as Frexit campaigners called on the public to protest against the Government’s handling of the virus and possibility of a vaccine passport.
Florian Philippot, leader of the Les Patriotes party, stated in a social media post to his followers the public must stop the use of the “diabolical vaccine passport”.
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He said: “All in Paris!
“Large demonstration in front of the Ministry of Health this Saturday 20/02 at 3pm against the diabolical Vaccine Passport!
“Complaining is good, going is better! Freedom!”
In other posts, the Frexit campaigner had also called on the public to “free themselves” of the “infamy” of the Government.
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Although the Government has so far rejected the accusation it will bring in a vaccine passport, officials are contemplating the need for one due to the rise in anti-vaxxers in the country.
France has seen the Kent variant of coronavirus become one of the most prevalent strains of Covid in the past few weeks, with the mutation reported to be behind 20 to 25 percent of new infections.
Despite the “worrying evolution” the disease has gone through, Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly rejected suggestions to put France under a third national lockdown.
According to an Elysée insider, President Macron believed “there is a path” to ensure the country can escape another general shut down despite the growing impact of foreign strains on new cases.
Speaking to Politico, the source said “there are still two bad news” threatening Mr Macron’s optimistic outlook for France – the spread of the Kent variant as well as the South Africa and Brazil strains gaining ground across several regions across the country.
A “weekend circular” from the Ministry of Health to Regional Health Agencies (ARS), hospitals and private clinics represented the second source of concern, according to the insider.
The circular, first unveiled by the Journal de Dimanche, urged organizations to increase the number of beds available as well as postpone pre-planned operations.
Titled “Organisation of the healthcare offer in anticipation of a new epidemic wave,” the note sparked particular concern because of the French Government ongoing refusal to impose further restrictions.
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