The government’s message on Thursday was mixed – while expressing concern over the growth of cases, Castex insisted that ‘living with the virus’ is the new national mantra and he wants people to return to work in September on more widely possible.
To protect vulnerable populations, the prime minister urged people not to organize family celebrations and said “grandfather and grandmother” should not pick up their grandchildren from school.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said there was no reason to back down plans to send France’s 12.9 million students back to class next week or to reopen cafeterias.
“All children should go back to school,” he said.
Blanquer also said that letting the Tour de France cycle race go on is “a sign that we can continue to live and the resilience of our society”.
Already late compared to its traditional start in early July, the flagship cycling event leaves from Nice on Saturday and will crisscross the country for more than three weeks. Fans, tourists and residents usually congregate along the route for a beloved event that is top notch publicity for France’s beauty and traditions, organizers this year urging all spectators to wear masks .
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