Covid-19 in the Senate, Covid-19 at school with a giant strike announced Thursday … The epidemic continues to put pressure on the executive, attacked by the oppositions, which pound Jean-Michel Blanquer but also the ” candidate president ”Emmanuel Macron.
88 days before the first round, the virus indeed eclipses the other themes of the presidential campaign.
“Exasperation” and “general chaos” at school
The candidate of the National Rally Marine Le Pen said Wednesday on BFMTV and RMC “fully understand” the strike and the “genuine and legitimate exasperation” of the French in the face of a government which “rots their existence” and “mistreats” children .
“It’s a disorder and general chaos in the school and I feel this immense suffering, both from the educational community, but also especially from the parents”, for her part echoed the candidate Les Républicains Valérie Pecresse on France 2.
On Twitter, the environmental candidate Yannick Jadot also lambasted the multiple protocols applied at the school. “Let the government stop taking our children for guinea pigs!” Third health protocol at school in a week, repeated painful tests, heavy constraints: we ask that teachers, parents and children be listened to in the health crisis, ”he wrote.
Socialist Party spokesman Boris Vallaud even calls for the resignation of Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, who did not hesitate to affirm Tuesday in front of the deputies that “we do not go on strike against a virus” .
Faced with the storm, the government continues to defend “common sense” measures and “assumes” its strategy of mass testing to avoid a school closure.
The quasi candidate Emmanuel Macron plays, him, appeasement. He agreed on Tuesday that there was “no perfect system” and called for “patience” and “pragmatism”. The Head of State can at least welcome the fact that the examination of the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass in the Senate, dominated by the right, is carried out in a peaceful climate, far from the vindictiveness of oppositions at first reading in the Assembly – retribution fueled in particular by the assertion of its “desire to piss off” the unvaccinated.
The Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday the text at first reading, with “adjustments”, for the entry into force of the law hoped for by the government from January 17, in the midst of a pandemic rebound (more than 23,000 patients were hospitalized Tuesday evening, including nearly of 4000 in critical care).
“Take off the masks”
Another hobbyhorse of Emmanuel Macron’s competitors, still not declared for the April poll: the supposed use of his function to campaign, as in Nice on Monday on the subject of security.
“Bas les masques”, launched Wednesday Valérie Pécresse, denouncing a “president-candidate” who campaigns “with a large crew” and “at the expense of the taxpayer”. The President of the Republicans Christian Jacob seized the commission of campaign accounts and the Arcom (ex-CSA) to alert them to the expenses related to the travel of the head of state.
In the voting intentions, Emmanuel Macron remains the favorite. The poll of the day (Elabe for BFMTV, L’Express and SFR) gives him the lead in the first round at 23%, ahead of Valérie Pécresse and Marine Le Pen, both at 17%, and the other far-right candidate Eric Zemmour (13%).