The Ifop poll of 1,019 people, carried out for the weekly Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) from April 29 to 30, showed that only 39% of French people trust the government’s ability to manage the epidemic “effectively”, down 16 points from a previous. Ifop survey published in mid-March. The poll also found that 20% of those polled believe that right-wing leader Marine Le Pen would handle the crisis “better” than President Emmanuel Macron, while 15% said that far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon would a better job.
France, which has reported nearly 25,000 deaths from Covid-19 – the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus – is preparing to gradually lift the drastic blocking measures in place since mid-March from May 11.
But Macron warned that deconfinement would only be a first step for France to emerge from the crisis.
“May 11 will not be the transition to a normal life. There will be a recovery to be organized, “said the 42-year-old centrist in a speech at the presidential palace after a meeting with horticulturalists on Friday.
From that date, schools will gradually reopen and businesses will be free to resume operations, although cafes, restaurants and cinemas will have to remain closed until at least early June.
The government has warned that it is prepared to slow or delay the lockdown if the rate of viral infection soars. He also decided to extend the “state of health emergency” until July 24 to combat the spread of the disease.
The Macron administration has struggled to rid itself of mounting criticism of its handling of the health crisis, particularly its mixed messages about the effectiveness of masks in slowing the transmission of coronaviruses.
At first, the French authorities judging the wearing of a mask largely ineffective for the general public and taking into account the shortage of supply, the question was judged largely questionable.
But that has changed in the face of an ever-increasing death toll and growing demand, as the government has been quick to secure supplies both at home and abroad.
The number of people who died in France after contracting influenza infection increased from 135 to 24,895 on Sunday, the health ministry said.
However, the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 and the number of people in intensive care units continued to decrease, the report said.
The number of people hospitalized fell to 25,815 on Sunday from 25,827 on Saturday, and the number of people in intensive care fell to 3,819 from 3,827.
The number of coronavirus deaths has also declined in recent days, with 135 deaths reported Sunday in the past 24 hours – the lowest single day count since March 22.
France currently has the fifth highest death rate in the world after the United States, Italy, Great Britain and Spain.