Alongside her rival Martine Vassal and Professor Didier Raoult, the mayor of Marseille Michèle Rubirola criticized the management of the coronavirus crisis by the government on Thursday. According to the city council, decisions are taken from Paris, without consultation with elected officials in the field. 

It's a bad decision. Two days after the order of the prefect of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region to strengthen measures to fight against Covid-19, with the obligation to wear a mask in the streets of Marseille and the closure bars and restaurants at 11 pm in all the Bouches-du-Rhône, Michèle Rubirola denounced this Thursday morning "a double standard" from the government. 

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No dialogue, nor the means to enforce decisions

Alongside her unlucky rival in the last municipal elections, Martine Vassal, the mayor of Marseille regretted decisions for her city taken "without consultation": "The government decided from Paris what would be good for our city, without engaging in dialogue necessary with elected officials, and especially without giving us the means to enforce the decisions that are his. " The city council therefore requested reinforcement from the national police to ensure checks in Marseille. 

As for a possible reconfinement of the Marseille city, "it was mentioned, if the health situation continued to deteriorate", also confirmed the mayor of Marseille. "But it is unthinkable," she insisted, stressing that "in Paris, on the other hand, they did not consider it". 


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Martine Vassal regrets "the lack of consultation"

For her part, Martine Vassal also pointed to a "lack of consultation" with the government, affirming that "in Marseille, we are always shown to be bad ducks". The LR candidate for the last municipal elections also announced the establishment of a "Covid-19 Action" coordination committee between the city, the metropolis and the department. With the department, it will give a mask to each student at the start of the school year, as well as a mask for each recipient of the RSA. Michèle Rubirola announced the distribution of 500,000 reusable masks by the city, "in priority to the most vulnerable people".

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For Raoult, you have to be "calm and optimistic"

Host of this joint press conference, Professor Raoult insisted on the need to "respond with calm and optimism" to this "second act" of the epidemic, stressing that the IHU was already carrying out 3,000 tests per day, with online target of 5,000 PCR tests daily. "We must not go crazy, even if I know it is difficult at the moment," he said, recalling that currently only seven people were in intensive care at the Marseille hospital of Timone for cause of coronavirus.