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‘The French want to be vaccinated!’ Macron blasted for jab delays after new lockdown

Macron ‘has blood on his hands’ says Ash Gould

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The French President said “we will lose control if we do not move now” in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. With the death toll nearing 100,000, intensive care units in the hardest-hit regions at breaking point and a slower-than-planned vaccine rollout, President Macron was forced to abandon his goal of keeping the country open to protect the economy. But the French heavyweight has been criticised for not acting faster to vaccinate people against coronavirus when French people “want” the jab.

TalkRADIO host James Whale said: “I feel so sorry for the people of France. The vaccine rollout has been shocking.”

Ash Gould added: “Apparently they don’t trust the vaccine in France.

“It’s costing lives, they’ve got blood on their hands.”

Caller Richard from Leigh noted: “The company I work for is based in Paris and I work a lot with French friends and colleagues.

“The French want to be vaccinated, it is actually the politicians that are messing it all up.

“There was a free for all with vaccines.

“They offered AstraZeneca vaccines to French people and they were queueing up for them around the block.

“It’s only when they do these ridiculous bans that they end up with problems like this.”

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Departing from his pledge to safeguard education from the pandemic, Macron said schools will close for three weeks after this weekend.

Macron, 43, had sought to avoid a third large-scale lockdown since the start of the year, betting that if he could steer France out of the pandemic without locking the country down again he would give the economy a chance to recover from last year’s slump.

But the former investment banker’s options narrowed as more contagious strains of the coronavirus swept across France and much of Europe.

For school-children after this weekend, learning will be done remotely for a week, after which schools go on a two-week holiday, which for most of the country will be earlier than scheduled.

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Thereafter, nursery and primary pupils will return to school while middle and high school pupils continue distance learning for an extra week.

“It is the best solution to slow down the virus,” Macron said, adding that France had succeeded in keeping its schools open for longer during the pandemic than many neighbours.

Daily new infections in France have doubled since February to average nearly 40,000. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care has breached 5,000, exceeding the peak hit during a six-week-long lockdown late last year.

Bed capacity in critical care units will be increased to 10,000, Macron said.

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