The Marseillais do not understand the closures of bars and restaurants and see it as a new quarrel between Paris and Marseille.
Fabien Dupoux / SIPA
“The bill is salty!
": Several hundred demonstrators gathered on Friday morning in front of the Marseille commercial court to protest against the closure of bars and restaurants decreed by the government, in an attempt to contain the Covid-19 epidemic.
Martine Vassal, LR president of the Aix-Marseille metropolis and of the Bouches-du-Rhône department, and Renaud Muselier, LR president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, joined the demonstration to the applause of the crowd, AFP journalists observed.
" The cup is full.
We were in the process of remaking ourselves.
Personally, I don't want any more help but that I be allowed to work ”, testified Patrick Labourrasse, restaurateur in Aix-en-Provence.
Restaurateurs, cafetiers and elected officials gathered in Marseille to denounce the government's measures.
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Véran expected in Marseille
Speaking with a megaphone in front of the crowd, the boss of the Union des métiers et des industries de l'hôtellerie des Bouches-du-Rhône Bernard Marty reiterated the firm opposition of his union to the announced restrictions, the crowd booing the name of the Minister of Health Olivier Véran when he pronounced it.
"And where is he?"
Let him come here!
», Launched a protester.
Marseilles entrepreneurs stepped up to the plate as soon as the government announced strict measures on Wednesday, which classified the Aix-Marseille metropolis in a “maximum alert” zone.
In particular, they provide for the closure of bars and restaurants on Saturday.
Faced with this sling, the Minister of Health will travel to Marseille on Friday afternoon.
Olivier Véran must go to the public hospital in La Timone where he will visit the intensive care unit, before meeting an epidemiologist.
Alain Griset, Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery, will accompany Olivier Véran and must meet with representatives of professional federations in the hotel and restaurant sector.
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