The new French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday that any new lockdowns would be targeted, not imposed nationwide, if a new coronovirus outbreak occurs.
The previous French government implemented strict nationwide lockouts from mid-March to May 11 to curb the spread of COVID-19, and some restrictions on public ceremonies are still in force.
“We must prepare for the second wave, but we will not proceed to a general lockdown like March, because it has terrible economic and human consequences. Any new lockdown will be targeted, ”Castex told BFM Television.
Castex, who was a civil servant and used as an advisor to former President Nicolas Sarkozy, was appointed Prime Minister on Friday. He has put together a new team for the remaining two-year President Emmanuel Macron’s mandate.
Castex appointed some ministers on Monday. He said he would complete the formation of his government with the nomination of junior ministers next week.
He also said that talks with unions and employers about Macron’s comprehensive pension reforms – which stalled during the lockdown – would resume before July 20.
He said that delay is not necessarily a bad thing.
“Sometimes, when you lose two or three months, the time is really won … We need to reopen the dialogue,” he said.
Castex confirmed that his government would pay 7.5 billion euros to raise the salaries of hospital staff, but said he would oppose raising union calls to 9 billion, stating that state finances were under stress due to the coronovirus crisis Huh.
(Reporting by Geert de Klerk and Richard Lough; Editing by Alison Williams and Timothy Heritage)
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