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Scandal: in France investigates ministers’ participation in clandestine quarantine parties

In France, the police will check the veracity of information about the participation of several French ministers in underground parties in restaurants in Paris, which should be closed because of the quarantine imposed due to the pandemic COVID-19.

This was announced by the head of the Ministry of Interior Gerald Darmanin on Twitter.

He made this decision on the basis of a revealing report from such an event filmed by the French TV channel M6.

“After the M6 report, I asked the prefect of the Paris police to check the veracity of the reported facts so that, if they are confirmed, to prosecute the organizers and participants of these secret dinners,” Darmanin wrote.

The earlier M6 TV channel reported that a restaurant in an expensive district of Paris organizes clandestine parties at which neither waiters nor customers wear masks and do not observe the social distance.

In confirmation of this, a video from a private party attended by dozens of unmasked people, which was filmed by a hidden camera, was published.

The TV channel contacted one of the organizers of the party, who said that he had attended dinners in restaurants with a number of members of the French government.

It should be noted that the organizers of such parties face up to one year in jail and a fine of 15 thousand euros.

Recall that bars, cafes, and restaurants in France actually do not work since late October because of the epidemic of coronavirus. And on March 31, President Emmanuel Macron announced the introduction of a curfew across the country from April 3 at 19:00.

We also reported that France has banned gatherings in groups of more than six people because of the continuing rise of the disease.

The head of the Ministry of Health of Romania was fined for the lack of a mask

In Romania, the Minister of Health Vlad Voiculescu was fined $360 for the lack of a medical mask in a closed room, the Mediafax news agency reports.

“Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu has been fined,” the agency said.

The Bucharest General Police Department said the minister was fined for failing to comply with the law on preventing and combating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the website said. The fine amounted to 1,500 lei ($360). In Romania, a curfew from 22.00 to 5.00 has been imposed since November 9. In addition, residents aged five and over are required to wear masks even on the streets.

According to the restrictions, all public and private companies should, if possible, arrange for employees to work remotely. A ban on holding festive events on any premises has been imposed. In addition, the work of closed markets, fairs, and exhibitions is prohibited. The restrictions will remain in effect until April 13.

The French will be banned from drinking in public places

In the next few weeks, the French will be banned from drinking in public places due to the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. This was stated by the Prime Minister of the country, Jean Castex, reports by The Straits Times.

Presenting a plan for a new regime of self-isolation in the National Assembly of France, the prime minister condemned those who do not comply with epidemiological measures. He also stressed that the control over their compliance will be strengthened.

“If we are talking about festive gatherings and non-compliance with the curfew, or refusal to wear masks, we must prevent this. I have asked the Minister of the Interior to increase the number of police and gendarmes to monitor this, “ Castex said.

The Prime Minister recalled that it is forbidden for companies of more than six people to gather in public places. In addition, the authorities want to prohibit access to “a number of places favorable for mass gatherings.”

On March 31, French President Emmanuel Macron tightened restrictions due to the spread of the infection. The quarantine regime, which was in effect in 19 regions of France, will now be extended to all regions of the country. From next week, schools and kindergartens will be closed for three weeks, and the French will only be able to move no more than 10 kilometers from home. Travel between regions will be restricted.

The chaos of anti-coronavirus measures: discontent of the population is growing

Most European governments do not want to overshadow the lives of citizens by introducing even stricter anti-epidemic measures and lockdowns, but they see no other way to stop the growing number of covid infections. In this regard, it is especially important that the rules introduced are logical and understandable — and here, according to the press, much still leaves much to be desired.

There are contradictions and double morals everywhere

Diena edition is beside itself:

“The decision of the authorities to give the go-ahead for the music award ceremony is very cynical, while the law prohibits citizens from visiting their parents, relatives, and friends. For example, according to the regulations, it is not allowed to help a neighbor — and give her a ride to the store in the car, even if both of you are wearing masks. At the same time, no one prohibited the use of public transport, in which dozens of people from different households collide in the immediate vicinity. … We are asked to go to the shops alone. At the same time, one of the country’s top epidemiologists admits that while his wife is in the store, he himself takes “incriminating photos” on the street, which he later uses as examples of social irresponsibility. And no one asks the epidemiologist why he went to the store along with his wife.”

It’s high time to close the factories too

Journalist Christian Vangeli, on the pages of the portal Zeit Online, criticizes the fact that the industry is still largely shielded from radical measures:

“Is our meat processing industry a system-forming one? Or the auto industry? Yes, it will cost us a pretty penny to send the production to lockdown for a few weeks. But money is not the most important issue in the era of low-interest rate policies. The most serious of the problems is the endless lockdown that leads to bankruptcy and destroys the foundations of people’s existence and in a variety of areas. … Basic citizens rights, children, culture, mental health: all of this has been relegated to the background in the face of the pandemic. But the idea of limiting the pendulum migration, that is, travel to and from work, as well as for some period to close factories and factories is still considered something left-wing.”

Stay at home, do not disturb the tourists!

During the Easter holidays, residents of Spain will be mostly banned from traveling around the country, but tourists from abroad are allowed to enter the country. And the tiptoe on the tongue of the one who will say that tourism is more important to the authorities than the well-being of their own citizens is sarcastic on the pages eldiario.es Isaac Rosa:

“To hold such an opinion is the same as to claim that the major infrastructure projects implemented in the country over the past decades — airports, high-speed railways, highways-were carried out not for the benefit of its residents, but to facilitate the movement of the masses of tourists. … To think so is madness. The concreted coast, construction projects instead of natural landscapes, expanding urbanization, new golf courses, the use of water and other resources, and so on — is all this really intended to serve tourism, and not to improve the quality of life of the citizens of the country?”

German elections: How serious is the CDU’s failure?

In the elections to the Landtags of Baden-Wurttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, the CDU party showed the worst results to date. In Baden-Wurttemberg, the Greens won (32.6 percent), while the CDU won 24.1 percent. In Rhineland-Palatinate, the strongest party was the SPD (35.7 percent), while 27.7 percent of voters voted for the CDU. The European press believes that the first elections of this rich year for the upcoming elections allow us to judge a lot.

A bad sign for autumn

The CDU should be seriously concerned, says the BBC’s Germany correspondent Damien McGuinness:

“The CDU’s results in the last election were much worse than expected. This is blamed on the party’s policy in the fight against the pandemic. The growing number of infections and prolonged vaccination have clouded the mood of the electorate. In addition, the people are outraged that some conservative MPs received a commission from government transactions in the process of purchasing masks. Merkel herself is still popular. But with only six months to go until the end of her chancellorship, the current election results do not bode well for her party in the upcoming Bundestag elections.”

This is the payback for scandals

As Dnevnik notes, the reasons for the defeat are obvious:

“Politicians who did not adhere to anti-epidemic measures, as well as deputies who demanded a large commission for mediation in the purchase of masks, are to blame for the outcome of these elections. Despite the fact that the CDU/ CSU has consistently responded to the transgressions of its parliamentarians, who eventually had to withdraw their parliamentary powers, the party’s reputation has suffered irreparable damage-especially since it is still unclear whether there were isolated cases. If at the beginning of the year it still seemed that the CDU could look forward to the autumn parliamentary elections with optimism and that it was more about who would become the next chancellor — Armin Lachette or Markus Zeder, now the situation has changed radically.”

The greens will still make a noise!

The publication Dagens Nyheter writes that for the success of the Greens in the elections in Baden-Wurttemberg, first of all, we should thank the head of the land Winfried Kretschmann:

“The success of the Greens in Germany is no doubt due to the collapse of the SPD and the problem of global warming. But the party grew significantly even when the “realists” replaced the fundamentalists in the party camp. Undoubtedly, there are still supporters of bans and those who oppose free trade in its ranks, but in general, the Greens are no longer afraid of economic growth. And no one has embodied this change better than Kretschmann. … He combined his concern for the climate problem — and the realization that hundreds of thousands of jobs in the German automotive industry cannot be replaced in the blink of an eye. … If, in the future, the Greens and the CDU can once again rule in Baden-Wurttemberg — and maybe Berlin — it means that nothing is impossible for their counterparts in Sweden, either.”