Macron on brink: French mayor warns ‘we failed’ to grasp risks of lockdown amid unrest

Olivier Klein told EuroNews that the situation in working-class neighbourhoods has worsened due to the public health crisis the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has created. Mr Klein admitted that the French Government had not anticipated the hardships that would be caused by the lockdown measures implemented. 

Mr Klein said: “In working-class neighbourhoods, this public health crisis is made worse by a social crisis.

“Perhaps we failed to anticipate the impact.

“To stay at home and stop working even informal jobs, it worsens the hardships.”

Earlier this week France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe stated that France’s lockdown measures had limited the spread of the virus across certain regions in the country. 

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“The goal of the lockdown was to decrease the number of hospitalisations and people requiring intensive care.

“To achieve that, it was important that the French respect the rules.

“In general, people have done that.

“Another goal was to limit the virus to certain regions.”

But despite the success of the lockdown the Government reported, President Emmanuel Macron has faced widespread criticism because of the measures.

Riots have repeatedly broken out between the public and police in the past week as the heavy presence of officers put on the streets to ensure the lockdown is respected rekindled long-standing tensions.

At the time of writing, France has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

The country has more than 158,000 cases in total.


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The death toll in France is currently higher than 21,000. 

Over 42,000 people have recovered from the COVID-19 virus in France.

Worldwide there have been more than 2,700,000 COVID-19 cases.

The death toll has reached more than 190,000 at the time of writing.

More than 750,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 885,000 confirmed cases.

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