Guest of the "Grand Rendez-vous" on Europe 1, the president of the Hauts-de-France region and the former Minister of Health Xavier Bertrand returned to the Covid-19 health crisis in France. Asked about the gradual deconfinement from May 11, he called on the government to reopen in priority the signs of the catering and events sector, in order to "preserve the French art of living"


"There is a very important economic dimension, but it's more than that. It's the art of French living". While the containment should gradually end from May 11, many companies are wondering about the aftermath. In particular the culture sector (cinemas, concert halls, bookstores), events and catering, underlines Xavier Bertrand. At the microphone of Europe 1, in the "Grand Rendez-Vous", he explains that these sectors "have priority" and considers that the government must "see if there are not possibilities to adapt the gauges", in institutions. 

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"All these sectors there today have no prospects", regrets the president of the Hauts-de-France Region, praising cafes and terraces, a kind of "French art de vivre" . "This is also why we sometimes come from all over the world not only for our landscapes or our monuments but for this French art of living", explains Xavier Bertrand


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"In containment, the French are trying to preserve this as much as possible. But in the open air and in the open, we have to find it very quickly," he said. "It is a political priority (...) It has an economic dimension but it is not only that". "The activity will not resume overnight, but this whole sector is a priority"

Referring to the attacks that have struck France in recent years, Xavier Bertrand calls for "preserving the art of living" in French style. "When the Islamist terrorists attack us, it is also on the terraces or in the concert halls. This art of living, so it must be preserved, it is important, more than anything," he said. 

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