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Macron's speech: France is open for business

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President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday evening in his 4th speech to the nation since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic. Photo: Screenshot YoutubeIn his fourth speech to the nation since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, President Emmanuel Macron gave a rough outline on Sunday evening of how the crisis management should proceed from July onwards. There was also some concrete information - for example, that from 22 June, two weeks before the start of the holidays, all pupils from pre-school to collège ( middle school) should return to school.

His speech was comparatively short this time, just under 20 minutes, and instead of going into detail, the President emphasised which tasks should have priority in the coming months. To meet the challenges of the pandemic, he wants to build on five pillars: "more sovereignty, more Europe, more ecology, more solidarity and more decentralisation".

The economy should be stimulated again as quickly as possible. The state has provided 500 billion euros for this purpose. At the same time, Macron stressed that the funds should not be counter-financed by tax increases.

As of today, all departments in continental France are classified "green" in terms of virus circulation, test and intensive care bed capacities. This means that restaurants and cafés in the greater Paris area, which was recently classified as "orange", will be allowed to reopen their restaurants and cafés with immediate effect - and not just from next Monday, as previously planned. Previously only terraces were allowed to serve there. Day nurseries and schools must reopen to all pupils on 22 June, and attendance is compulsory. And Macron has reaffirmed that the second round of the local elections will take place on 28 June.

A concrete line of approach by the government for the coming months is to be announced in July.

-AS