Rabat – Morocco’s response to the COVID-19 crisis is “far superior” to the French response, said former Vice President of the French National Front and member of the European Parliament Florian Philippot.
“Today we will see how Morocco eliminated France during the coronavirus crisis,” said Philippot in the introduction to a speech posted on his YouTube channel.
Morocco, a country 23.5 times poorer than France, has better results in terms of mortality from COVID-19, said the politician before comparing the figures for coronaviruses from the two countries.
At the time of the video recording, Morocco had registered 165 deaths per 36 million inhabitants, while France had recorded 23,660 deaths per 67 million inhabitants.
“Morocco has recorded 77 times fewer deaths than France. This is remarkable, “commented Philippot.
The French politician explained how Morocco prevented the worst thanks to its adherence to three main principles: Anticipation and efficiency, sovereignty and independence vis-à-vis the pharmaceutical lobby.
Anticipation and efficiency
Morocco registered its first case of COVID-19 on March 2. Only 14 days later, on March 16, the country closed schools and only 17 days later, on March 19, it announced the state of emergency and the national lock, Philippot recalled.
In France, health authorities detected the first case of COVID-19 on January 24. Forty-three days later, on March 7, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte attended a play in a Parisian theater, in “total ignorance” of the pandemic. the country’s development, deplores the politician.
Philippot also compared the production and use of face masks in Morocco and France.
“Morocco made it mandatory to wear a mask on April 7, which is still not the case in France, even as we get closer [lifting the lockdown] May 11, “he said.
The politician also praised the Moroccan production of masks and criticized the French government for not having followed similar measures: “Morocco has placed itself in a situation of [face mask] production, general mobilization. A real war economy! ”
Morocco now produces 7 million masks per day, or 49 million masks per week. Meanwhile, in France, Macron revealed that the country produces 8 million masks per week, said Philippot in comparison.
“It’s amazing because France is more industrialized and richer than Morocco. “
The Frenchman also expressed his astonishment at the general mobilization of the Moroccan textile industry to produce masks and protective equipment: “Today, 17 Moroccan factories operate day and night to produce masks and, in the near future , production will reach 10 million masks per day. ”
The difference between Morocco and France, according to Philippot, is that the North African country did not depend on the import of Chinese masks, which was the strategy adopted by France and many other industrialized countries.
“Today, we are still waiting for the arrival of the Chinese masks … We have put our destiny in the hands of the Chinese conglomerates and it was a mistake,” said Philippot.
To conclude his remarks on “the anticipation and the efficiency of Morocco”, the politician compared the prices of masks in Morocco and in France.
In Morocco, where the government has set its prices, face masks are available for just € 0.07 per unit. Meanwhile, face masks in France reach prices as high as € 8.50 or € 10 per unit.
The difference between the sovereignty of Morocco and that of France was clearly evident in the closing of international borders, said Philippot.
While Morocco did not close its international borders until 15 days after the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, France did not do the same and does not envisage, even after the lifting of isolation, lamented the politician.
Philippot then criticized the decisions of the French government by proving their irony.
In a recent speech, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that the authorities will draw borders between French regions and that citizens will not be able to go more than 100 kilometers from their home. However, the PM did not mention international borders, as they remain open.
“This means that during deconfinement, it would be easier to go from Berlin to Paris than from Paris to Lyon … that’s what it means to be a non-sovereign country,” said Philippot.
Independence from the pharmaceutical lobby
“Morocco was the first country in the world to adopt the protocol of [French Doctor Didier] Raoult, that of hydroxychloroquine [treatment], since March 23, “said the politician.
The North African country has requisitioned the entire national stock of hydroxychloroquine to prevent pharmaceutical companies from raising its price, he added.
“The choice of Morocco is very different from the choice of France and the rich countries, which depended only on clinical trials,” continued Philippot.
While clinical trials are methodologically beneficial, they only produce results after several months. Pending the results, the fight against COVID-19 is raging, causing tens of thousands of victims in its wake, he said.
Morocco has chosen to adopt an observation method in response to the pandemic, observing the treatments that give promising results and working with the available tools, such as hydroxychloroquine, an already known, inexpensive and non-dangerous drug. , explained Philippot.
“The result was very convincing because, since April 9, Morocco has started to record a significant drop in deaths and an exponential increase in recoveries,” he continued.
The French politician concluded his speech by re-expressing his respect for the Moroccan response COVID-19 and his criticism of the French response: “What we can learn is that wealth does not matter in times of crisis. What matters are the principles governing our actions. “
“If you have anticipation and efficiency, sovereignty and independence vis-à-vis lobbies, then you will get results far superior to those of countries that live in lies, in submission and with an inability to project into the future, which was the case for the French government. “, Concluded Philippot.