As the threat of further reconfinement looms, Bercy is campaigning for businesses to remain open in order to mimic the impact on the economy.

According to the ministry's projections, a loss of activity of 10 to 18% is to be expected, depending on the scenario adopted by the government. 

Who says reconfinement says loss of activity for companies.

While the government is studying several scenarios, including a "very tight" re-containment, the Ministry of the Economy fears the effects of a too strict decision.

He is therefore campaigning for a large part of the stores to remain open.

Employers' organizations have already communicated their concerns about the consequences to the ministry.

In fact, the harsher the measures taken, the greater the impact on the economy will be, which Bruno Le Maire wants to avoid. 

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Between 10 and 18% loss of activity 

According to the projections of the Ministry of the Economy, the reconfinement would lead to a loss of activity between 10 and 18%.

More precisely, the least unfavorable case would be that of a closure of colleges, high schools and company restaurants to fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

The losses would then be 10% compared to a pre-crisis level.

By closing more so-called "non-essential" stores, the drop would reach 13%.

The last scenario, including the closure of schools and nurseries, would result in a loss of 18%.


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The only positive note: the drop will not reach the levels of last spring.

During the first confinement, the loss had then been 32%.

Bruno Le Maire had all the same already specified that a month of confinement cost at least eleven billion euros to the State by counting all the aid and the expenses.

That of November had led to a loss of activity of 12%.