PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he referred to as an “Islamist terrorist assault” towards a historical past instructor decapitated in a Paris suburb Friday, urging the nation to face united towards extremism.
Macron visited the varsity the place the instructor labored within the city of Conflans-Saint-Honorine and met with workers after the slaying.
“Certainly one of our compatriots was murdered right now as a result of he taught … the liberty to consider or not consider,” Macron stated.
He stated the assault shouldn’t divide France as a result of that’s what the extremists need. “We should stand all collectively as residents,” he stated.
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French police searched the properties of the well being minister, the previous prime minister and different prime officers Thursday in an investigation into the federal government’s response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
The daybreak searches, confirmed by the Well being Ministry, come as France is preventing towards a resurgent epidemic that has now stuffed a 3rd of the nation’s intensive care items with COVID-19 sufferers and is once more putting Europe to the test. President Emmanuel Macron introduced curfews on round 20 million individuals within the Paris area and eight different French metropolitan areas beginning Friday evening to attempt to sluggish the tide.
The investigation threatens to rekindle public frustration with a authorities that is been accused of mendacity to the general public about masks shares, underestimating testing wants and overestimating France’s skill to conquer the pandemic — not as soon as, however now twice.
About 1,000 protesting nurses, medical doctors and different public hospital workers marched by Paris on Thursday to demand extra funding, workers and better salaries after years of value cuts.
“We’re drained!” learn a number of banners.
The searches “will make the individuals’s distrust develop,” stated Dr. Ludovic Toro, who was among the many medical doctors, COVID-19 sufferers, jail personnel, cops and others who filed greater than 90 authorized complaints within the spring over the federal government’s administration of the pandemic.
A particular French courtroom for prosecuting authorities ministers ordered an investigation as a result of their complaints.
Amongst these whose properties had been searched Thursday embody Well being Minister Olivier Veran, his predecessor Agnes Buzyn, former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the present head of the nation’s nationwide well being service Jerome Salomon, and Sibeth Ndiaye, a former authorities spokeswoman. Veran’s workplace was searched as effectively.
Dr. Toro nonetheless has no high-protection masks for his apply, 9 months after the primary virus case was confirmed in France. And he says he’s seeing extra sufferers with COVID-19 signs now than he did within the spring.
He and different medical doctors accuse the federal government of mendacity to the general public earlier within the 12 months, when prime officers advised the general public masks weren’t crucial whilst they struggled to secure enough supplies for French hospitals amid surging global demand.
“They need to have stated that there have been no masks. That was the actual downside,” he stated. “They refused to inform the reality.”
The federal government has stated that its early steering on not sporting masks was primarily based on restricted understanding of the brand new coronavirus on the time.
Requested about Thursday’s searches, present Prime Minister Jean Castex would not touch upon the investigation however stated he had “whole” confidence within the well being minister to do his job.
The federal government continues to ship combined messages in regards to the virus. Along with the curfew in a number of cities, the prime minister introduced a nationwide ban on public weddings Thursday, even because the president inspired French individuals to journey as typical for upcoming autumn college holidays.
The federal government introduced it should deploy 12,000 police to implement the brand new curfew, and can spend one other 1 billion euros to assist companies hit hardest by the newest virus restrictions.
“Our compatriots thought this well being disaster was behind us,” Castex stated. “However we are able to’t reside usually once more so long as the virus is right here.”
France is registering practically 180 virus instances per 100,000 individuals each week, with 22,591 whole new instances Wednesday. It has reported one of many world’s highest virus-related dying tolls, at greater than 33,000 lives misplaced.
Michel Euler and Catherine Gaschka contributed to this report.
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