France will extend the state of health emergency until the end of the year

The transitional state of health emergency, decided to deal with the Covid-19 crisis, will be extended until December 31, the government spokesman announced on Tuesday.

The government will propose, in the bill presented to the Council of Ministers on July 19, that the transitional regime, put in place on June 2 after the end of the state of emergency, be extended until the end of the year, said Gabriel Attal, after the Council of Ministers.

The day before, a state of health emergency was declared in Martinique and Reunion Island as well as a curfew due to the increased circulation of the coronavirus, which will come into force from July 14. A draft decree to this effect was adopted by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday.

The state of health emergency allows the executive to take exceptional measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, as the country experiences a worrying epidemic recovery and a strong spread of the Delta variant.

To avoid new drastic measures such as confinement or curfew, the government calls on the French to be massively vaccinated.

In this wake, the Head of State announced the day before during a long-awaited televised address the vaccination obligation for workers in contact with vulnerable people, in particular caregivers under penalty of sanction, as well as the extension of the health pass.

Following these announcements by Emmanuel Macron, the French flocked to the platforms for making appointments for vaccination. In a few hours, more than a million appointments to be inoculated with the anti-Covid serum were made on the Doctolib platform.

Annette tavitian