Keyword: Cocid-19 epidemic

French government's failings magnified by Covid-19 epidemic

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In the front line: President Emmanuel Macron has donned the mantle of a wartime leader. © AFP In the front line: President Emmanuel Macron has donned the mantle of a wartime leader. © AFP

The French government's public utterances during the coronavirus crisis have cruelly exposed its shortcomings, its method of thinking and the extent to which it is out of touch with events on the ground. There have been contradictory instructions, a slowness to express gratitude to those tackling the crisis on the front line, and great emphasis on the country being “at war”. Inside the government, writes Mediapart political journalist Ellen Salvi, some are worried about the image the executive is giving of itself during the crisis.