Agnes Buzyn, in the second round of the municipal elections in Paris, June 28, 2020. - Christophe Archambault / AP / SIPA

While the coronavirus epidemic seems to be subsiding in France, the time has come for an explanation. One question is at the heart of the debates: who is responsible for the evaporation of the strategic state stock of protective masks? A question that Agnès Buzyn will have to answer this Tuesday. The former Minister of Health is summoned by the National Assembly's committee of inquiry into the management of the crisis.

For the past two weeks, the commission of inquiry has heard from all of the DGSs, that is, the department's number 2, from the period 2003 to 2011. It is now the turn of the upper floor. The first ex-minister interviewed will be Agnès Buzyn, Tuesday from 5 p.m.

Masquerade and tsunami

The deputies may question Agnès Buzyn on the follow-up given to a letter from the public health agency France Public Health, which recommended in 2018 to replenish the stock of masks to the tune of one billion units. This letter was sent to the DGS at the end of September 2018. In October, Jérôme Salomon gave the order to order only 100 million masks. The order was not then actually placed until July 2019: only 32 million masks arrived during 2019, the rest not being received until February of this year, when the epidemic of Covid- 19 had just reached France.

Agnes Buzyn will be all the more expected as she has often been criticized for having left the department in a hurry. She had given way to Olivier Véran on February 16, in the midst of an epidemic risk increase, to be a LREM candidate in the municipal elections in Paris. A month later, just after his disappointing results in the first round, his remarks in Le Monde on March 17 had caused an uproar. She called the ballot a “masquerade” and assured that she “knew that the tsunami wave was before us” when she left the ministry. She then apologized in late May for using the word "masquerade". "I will have the opportunity to explain myself," she had promised, saying that she counted on "the commissions of inquiry".

Several former health ministers are scheduled to appear before the committee of inquiry this week: Agnès Buzyn will be followed Wednesday by Marisol Touraine (minister from 2012 to 2017) and Roselyne Bachelot (2007-2010), before Xavier Bertrand (2005-2007 then 2010-2012) did not close the ball on Thursday.


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