During the Roland Garros tournament, October 9, 2020. -
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The Medef comes to the rescue of sport and cultural events.
Its president, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, called in an interview with the
Journal du Dimanche
for “flexibility” in the curfew and temporary closures due to the health crisis.
Its aim is to enable these sectors in particular to maintain activity.
“We will not be able to continue for months the State to finance the salaries and cash flow of private companies.
It is therefore necessary that we define (…) the protocols which make it possible to continue the activity, to produce, to consume, to simply live.
Otherwise, there is no economic outcome and therefore no hope ”, estimated the president of the employers' organization.
“In events, the activity is completely stopped.
However, in two months, the salivary antigenic tests arrive.
As of today, the State must authorize the organizers of professional, cultural and sporting events, to test the public and to filter the entries according to the positive results ”, he pleaded.
"It would avoid condemning this industry to a slow death."
The closure of sports halls is "an aberration"
He deplored "sometimes a uniform and centralized bureaucratic response".
"The closure of sports halls is for example an aberration", according to him.
"The Minister of Health must listen to economic circles, because we collectively need to bring together economic activity and public health".
For Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, if the aid "remains important", we cannot, however, "live on a drip" and "what we expect from the government is short-term aid".
Asked about the prospect of many bankruptcies to come, he recalled that "for the moment, their number is lower than 2019".
“But it's artificial.
Because the day when short-time working will disappear, when these balloons of oxygen fly away, the risk of bankruptcy will multiply.
Unless the activity starts up again ”.
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Geoffroy Roux from Bézieux