The bet won by Emmanuel Macron

The French were said to be refractory, revolted and worried. Here they are disciplined and vaccinated. There are only a handful of days left, in fact, for the target of 50 million French people first vaccinated against Covid-19, set by the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, on July 21, to be reached. But if it is not on August 31, as expected by the executive, it will be at the beginning of September, “Around the start of the school year”, we assure within the executive. A victory.

Eight months before the presidential election, the Elysee blows, Matignon is jubilant. “We have been criticized enough in recent months to congratulate ourselves today! “, explains a source close to the Prime Minister, who sees in these 50 million the illustration of “Courage of a policy”. Behind Spain, France has become one of the countries in the world where vaccination coverage is the most important, ahead of the United Kingdom, the United States and even Israel, long cited as an example.

Without claiming collective immunity, these 50 million first-time vaccines represent around 85% of the population over 12 years of age who are partially immunized (75% of French people). Enough to face more serenely the fourth wave of the virus doped by the Delta variant. A priori without confinement or curfew in metropolitan France, therefore. If masks remain mandatory and social distancing rules recommended, back to school and universities will be almost normal.

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Restaurants, shops, and cultural places should not, except drama, close their doors, while people working in places subject to the health pass have from Monday the obligation to also present this famous sesame. In other words, the Covid-19 will not break the recovery that is looming. A godsend, the alarming situation of which in the West Indies, Guyana and French Polynesia, where schools have sometimes had to remain closed and curfews reestablished, makes it possible to take full measure.

A word “listened to and heard”

It was a long way. In government, everyone remembers that barely nine months ago, the opposition mocked the sluggish and chaotic start of the vaccination campaign. The doses were missing and the French were wary of this vaccine arrived so quickly. Was he effective? What would be its side effects? An Ipsos study conducted at the end of December 2020 for the World Economic Forum with fifteen countries revealed that only 40% of French people were ready to be vaccinated, making the country the “world champion” of countries reluctant to vaccine. At the same time, when nearly 200,000 Germans had already received their first injection, only Mauricette, a septuagenarian from Seine-Saint-Denis, and a few hundred nursing home residents were vaccinated. A “Eurovision of vaccination” became a source of further humiliation for the French, already annoyed by the absence of a 100% French vaccine.

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