Clearly, the Covid-19 epidemic will have put to the test the relations between the central power and the local elected representatives. Since the start of the pandemic, mayors, in all their diversity, have successively imposed the wearing of masks in the spring when it was not yet the national standard, demanded the reopening of their beaches, then small businesses in the fall, defying the rules issued at the national level.
Today, they are a handful, from the right – Christian Estrosi in Nice, Arnaud Robinet in Reims – or from the left – Mathieu Klein in Nancy -, to ask for local re-containment, in view of the deteriorated health situation. “Confining a single region, a few departments, a few large cities? All these decisions belong to the government, but let them ask the questions with us so that this decision can be as fair as possible and the most effective ”, pleaded, Monday, the President The Republicans of the Grand-Est region, Jean Rottner.
Tuesday, December 29, during a health defense council, the request for local measures, ” tailored “, as the socialist Ségolène Royal claims, was at least partially heard. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, after calling several elected officials this weekend, announced on France 2 to dismiss “The idea of generalized or local containment. On the other hand, we are going to propose an extension of the curfew, from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the departments where the incidence rate is above the national level “.
In the Grand-Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes or in the PACA region, depending on the indicators and following a “Consultation” with the prefects, regional health agencies and elected officials, around twenty departments may be subject to this reinforced curfew from January 2. A way of opening the door to further differentiation, or even to localized reconfigurations, if the need arose.
Matignon does not deny it: “The reconfinement is not envisaged for the beginning of January for the departments most at risk, but if the situation were to deteriorate in the coming weeks, the government would assume its responsibilities”, do we assume.
“Empower local elected officials”
Failing to control the virus, would we have finally reached a balance in the centralized management of this interminable health crisis? For Sacha Houlié, LRM deputy for Vienne and pillar of the left wing of the majority, we are, in any case, far from the precedent of September, when the executive abruptly announced the closure of bars and restaurants in Aix and Marseille and sparked an uproar. “In September, Olivier Véran associated the elected officials at the end of the race. There, it is they who are demanding measures. But, in the end, it is up to the State to manage the crisis ”, he believes.
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