Emmanuel Macron slammed for 'following bad science' by expert
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Neither the europhile president, gaffe-prone prime minister Jean Castex or bumbling health minister Olivier Véran had the faith of 40 percent of the population. However, a poll by Odoxa-Backbone for Franceinfo and Le Figaro found that 73 percent of French people believe that local mayors have been up to the task.
Even private companies fared better than France’s bureaucratic state, with 68 percent believing them competent in how they’ve handled the pandemic.
The poll’s results emerged as the president’s calamitous handling of the pandemic continues unabated.
France is already lagging far behind the UK when it comes to vaccinating its population.
Research company Airfinity estimated that the republic will hit the milestone of offering a vaccine to all adults by August – two months after the UK.
In an attempt to deflect the blame away from himself, this week Mr Macron accused French GPs of not using all the doses they had.
One of his officials told a press conference: “GPs need to very significantly increase the pace of vaccinations if they want to keep up over the next two weeks.
“Some doctors were worried about not receiving the doses, but there are 1.2 million ear-marked for them. That’s no small change.”
This provoked a furious reaction from doctors, who denied the accusation.
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Sylvaine Le Liboux, general secretary for the trade union Les Généralistes-CSMF said: “It’s a scandal, I’ve got no vaccines left and I can’t order any more.
“They are lying, we haven’t kept any stocks … We are using the doses, not keeping them.”
And as Covid infection rates continue to soar, Mr Macron was forced to deploy more than 4,000 police officers on to the streets of Paris over the weekend to stop chaos breaking out.
It came as on Friday, France reported 25,229 new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour span, taking the total to more than four million.
The number of deaths in Mr Macron’s republic also passed 90,000, according to data released by health authorities.
And the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients dropped by 109 to 24,749, it said.
But the number of those who need life support increased by 41 to 4,033, the highest level since late November 2020.
The scandal led one French politician to compare the vaccine rollout to “Waterloo”.
Referring to the infamous defeat of French dictator Napoleon Bonaparte by a British-led army in 1815, MEP Jordan Bardella said Emmanuel Macron’s bumbling government knew the jab rollout would be a “major challenge” but failed to prepare properly.
The far-right politician added: “We missed the crucial stage of vaccines.”
He claimed that “from the month of December” the authorities were aware of the fact that “vaccination was going to be a major logistical challenge.”
He added: “We see that the European Union has failed, and especially that France is the only country in the UN Security Council not to have vaccines.
“This poses a real problem of health sovereignty.”
The survey was carried out by Odoxa between March 10 and 11, 2021 and 1,005 French adults were interviewed online.
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