The three-sided virus

Le virus à trois faces

he political face

In the past, there was talk of seasonal flu, commonplace but which kills thousands of people every year, Asian flu, Hong Kong flu or even Spanish flu that did not come from Spain but from the United States and which killed more than the Great War.
With political developments, the new coronavirus pandemic cannot be called Chinese, other than by Donald Trump, even if the Chinese acknowledge that it appeared in Wuhan (1): calling it Wuhan’s Coronarovirus disease would be, for the world’s second-largest power, an offense.

With the coded scientific, diplomatic language, the pandemic will be named Covid-19 (Coronarovirus disease-2019) due to SARS-CoV-2. Who comes after SARS-CoV (SARS-CoV-1), from another province of China, Guangdon, responsible for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002. It has been much less infected and killed, especially in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. He had the good taste not to go any further.

In 2012, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus) is due to another coronavirus: its territory of origin and preference, Middle East can be named…

A health face

The Chinese first underestimated the severity of the new epidemic, like many others later (in France, la grippette), and then, having identified the cause, they fight its spread with methods that will serve as a model to the whole world, for lack of treatment and vaccine… and with economic consequences that will accumulate..

With their experience, they take the measures now known to all and adopted almost everywhere with varying success: barrier gestures, social distancing, masks, tests, isolation in ad hoc places, severe confinement and… Statistics.

To date, published figures, here and there, show 85 to 90,000 cases in China, including nearly 70,000 in Hubei and less than 5,000 deaths (2), or 3 per million inhabitants. This is against 577 people per million people in Italy, the first Western country affected by the epidemic. As Marco Bellochio said: La cina è vicina (1956).
Western countries, including France, follow for various reasons: illusory confidence in the number of cases in China, a few thousand deaths in a country of 1.4 billion inhabitants, or a few hundred on a French scale, previous epidemics remained localized in a few distant countries, belief in the invulnerability of the French socio-health system, of course the best in the world (3): the authorities do not measure any , not even to check the supplies of equipment of any kind …

When the epidemic affects France, with the vigour announced the previous week by the Italian example, looked at with some condescension (4), France decides to apply the Chinese measures: masks, without masks, tests, without tests, isolation of positives, without suitable premises, finally generalized confinement, without the energetic Chinese police authority but with the usual versatile authoritarianism.
Suspects and patients are confined to their homes, with the danger that this entails for families, for lack of space in hospitals where they are only received late, when possible depending on the staff and equipment available. There are still the barrier gestures, the distance, free, of individual liability under authoritarian injunctions aided by fines (5).

Le virus à trois faces

Le virus à trois faces
Le virus à trois faces

Le virus à trois faces
Le virus à trois faces

All of this is known. But how did the fifth or sixth or seventh richest country in the world, with a health service, every day declared exceptional and ready to deal with any situation, happen to be also the fifth or sixth for the number of deaths per million inhabitants ???

Lightness of the government in the face of the epidemic? Ms. Agnès Buzyn left the Ministry of Health on 16 January to run for mayor of Paris; the President of the Republic’s health adviser since the beginning of the five-year term leaves office on 31 January to assist her husband as a candidate in the municipal elections in Strasbourg. If the minister is replaced immediately, the councillor will not be replaced until a month later! As some say, there are no emergencies, only people in a hurry! And municipal elections first.

The epidemic as a tell-tale.

The situation was difficult to manage. Decisions to be made in a matter of days. The president, the government, unconscious or abused, are not solely responsible for all the dysfunctions. All previous governments have their share of responsibility: they have followed, since the Thatcher years, like many other governments in the world and with the same consequences, the same economic policy, proclaimed unique: There is no alternative !!! A policy that aims to achieve the best immediate financial returns.

This policy is based on reducing costs to increase profits with two principles: to relocate production as much as possible and to generalize the tense flow in trade.
Relocate to an inexhaustible and inexpensive labour pool. China has become the largest workshop in the world to which large companies without factories entrust the manufacture of their products: no strikes, no social conflicts over wages or working conditions. Everything is outsourced to a government with unwavering authority.

With the supply in tense flow, no need to immobilize money in the form of stocks. A message is enough to adapt, by air or sea, immediately the offer to the demand … There’s a lot of talk about masks. This was not the only hardware gap…

Skillful, Western countries organize, at home, a relative democracy, with bread and games, and give the mass of workers in totalitarian management to a communist country !!!
Everything is well oiled. There’s no risk. Except in the event of a stop of the workshop. But why would it stop? We trust the Chinese government and other low-wage countries. No strike possible… the local authority looks after the grain.
But when the local authority, by containment, blocks the country or region where the companies are concentrated… The tense flow breaks. The chain stops. Everything worked so well…

Here, too, there was still money to be made, by attacking socal laws, by adopting the tense flow. And why not apply the law of maximum profit to public services. For years, they have been reduced: in the midst of a pandemic, business as usual(6). To make more money, privatize and apply the same methods, reduce as much as possible effective and investments. Introduce performance, equipment and personnel management everywhere.

At the national level, this policy met with strong resistance, especially in public services: hospital staff had been demonstrating for a year, the heads of departments were on administrative strike, not to improve their status but to ask for resources for hospitals, more staff, better treatments, financial and human…

The only answer was authoritarian! Jupiter used lightning to castagner (figt, Castaner, ministre) them…
There is no need to maintain stocks of masks and medications when a phone call is enough to get them in a few days. Why keep hospital beds freed up by shortened hospital stays. If there is a shortage of medicines, equipment, we will buy them. If beds are missing, more beds will be added. As for the staff, they will work overtime…

Is it due to chance, if Germany with 33 intensive care beds per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 11 in France, has 4 times fewer deaths per million inhabitants (108) than France (445)? This allowed him to take care of patients from other countries…

Successive governments have been in the making for years and the last one was very devoid when the endemicity had come…

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Le virus à trois faces

Le virus à trois faces

The political face
In the past, there was talk of seasonal flu, commonplace but which kills thousands of people every year, Asian flu, Hong Kong flu or even Spanish flu that did not come from Spain but from the United States and which killed more than the Great War.
With political developments, the new coronavirus pandemic cannot be called Chinese, other than by Donald Trump, even if the Chinese acknowledge that it appeared in Wuhan (1): calling it Wuhan’s Coronarovirus disease would be, for the world’s second-largest power, an offense.

The political face
With the coded scientific, diplomatic language, the pandemic will be named Covid-19 (Coronarovirus disease-2019) due to SARS-CoV-2. Who comes after SARS-CoV (SARS-CoV-1), from another province of China, Guangdon, responsible for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002. It has been much less infected and killed, especially in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. He had the good taste not to go any further.

In 2012, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus) is due to another coronavirus: its territory of origin and preference, Middle East can be named…

Vi In 2012, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus) is due to another coronavirus: its territory of origin and preference, ME for Middle East (Middle East) can be named…

A health face

The Chinese first underestimated the severity of the new epidemic, like many others later (in France, la grippettethe flutte), and then, having identified the cause, they fight its spread with methods that will serve as a model to the whole world, for lack of treatment and vaccine… and with economic consequences that will accumulate..

With their experience, they take the measures now known to all and adopted almost everywhere with varying success: barrier gestures, social distancing, masks, tests, isolation in ad hoc places, severe confinement and… Statistics.

To date, published figures, here and there, show 85 to 90,000 cases in China, including nearly 70,000 in Hubei and less than 5,000 deaths (2), or 3 per million inhabitants. This is against 577 people per million people in Italy, the first Western country affected by the epidemic. As Marco Bellochio said: La cina è vicina (1956).
Western countries, including France, follow for various reasons: illusory confidence in the number of cases in China, a few thousand deaths in a country of 1.4 billion inhabitants, or a few hundred on a French scale, previous epidemics remained localized in a few distant countries, belief in the invulnerability of the French socio-health system, of course the best in the world (3): the authorities do not measure any , not even to check the supplies of equipment of any kind …

When the epidemic affects France, with the vigour announced the previous week by the Italian example, looked at with some condescension (4), France decides to apply the Chinese measures: masks, without masks, tests, without tests, isolation of positives, without suitable premises, finally generalized confinement, without the energetic Chinese police authority but with the usual versatile authoritarianism.
Suspects and patients are confined to their homes, with the danger that this entails for families, for lack of space in hospitals where they are only received late, when possible depending on the staff and equipment available. There are still the barrier gestures, the distance, free, of individual liability under authoritarian injunctions aided by fines (5).

Le virus à trois faces
Le virus à trois faces
Le virus à trois faces
Le virus à trois faces
Le virus à trois faces

All of this is known. But how did the fifth or sixth or seventh richest country in the world, with a health service, every day declared exceptional and ready to deal with any situation, happen to be also the fifth or sixth for the number of deaths per million inhabitants ???

Lightness of the government in the face of the epidemic? Ms. Agnès Buzyn left the Ministry of Health on 16 January to run for mayor of Paris; the President of the Republic’s health adviser since the beginning of the five-year term leaves office on 31 January to assist her husband as a candidate in the municipal elections in Strasbourg. If the minister is replaced immediately, the councillor will not be replaced until a month later! As some say, there are no emergencies, only people in a hurry! And municipal elections first.

The epidemic as a tell-tale.

The situation was difficult to manage. Decisions to be made in a matter of days. The president, the government, unconscious or abused, are not solely responsible for all the dysfunctions. All previous governments have their share of responsibility: they have followed, since the Thatcher years, like many other governments and with the same consequences, the same economic policy, proclaimed unique: There is no alternative !!! A policy that aims to achieve the best immediate financial returns.

This policy is based on reducing costs to increase profits with two principles: to relocate production as much as possible and to generalize the tense flow in trade.
Relocate to an inexhaustible and inexpensive labour pool. China has become the largest workshop in the world to which large companies without factories entrust the manufacture of their products: no strikes, no social conflicts over wages or working conditions. Everything is outsourced to a government with unwavering authority.

With the supply in tense flow, no need to immobilize money in the form of stocks. A message is enough to adapt, by air or sea, immediately the offer to the demand … There’s a lot of talk about masks. This was not the only hardware gap…

Skillful, Western countries organize, at home, a relative democracy, with bread and games, and give the mass of workers in totalitarian management to a communist country !!!
Everything is well oiled. There’s no risk. Except in the event of a stop of the workshop. But why would it stop? We trust the Chinese government and other low-wage countries. No strike possible… the local authority looks after the grain. But when the local authority, by containment, blocks the country or region where the companies are concentrated… The tense flow breaks. The chain stops. Everything worked so well…

Here, too, there was still money to be made, by attacking socal laws, by adopting the tense flow. And why not apply the law of maximum profit to public services. For years, they have been reduced: in the midst of a pandemic, business as usual(6). To make more money, privatize and apply the same methods, reduce as much as possible effective and investments. Introduce performance, equipment and personnel management everywhere.

At the national level, this policy met with strong resistance, especially in public services: hospital staff had been demonstrating for a year, the heads of departments were on administrative strike, not to improve their status but to ask for resources for hospitals, more staff, better treatments, financial and human…
The only answer was authoritarian! Jupiter used lightning to castagner (fight, joke with Castaner, name of the minister of Interior) them…
There is no need to maintain stocks of masks and medications when a phone call is enough to get them in a few days. Why keep hospital beds freed up by shortened hospital stays. If there is a shortage of medicines, equipment, we will buy them. If beds are missing, more beds will be added. As for the staff, they will work overtime…

Is it due to chance, if Germany with 33 intensive care beds per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 11 in France, has 4 times fewer deaths per million inhabitants (108) than France (445)? This allowed him to take care of patients from other countries…

Successive governments have been in the making for years and the last one was very devoid when the endemicity had come…

Ordering over the phone is no longer enough. There is no one at the number you are asking for. The needs of China or those who pay the most are given priority…

Le virus à trois faces
Le virus à trois faces
Le virus à trois faces
Le virus à trois faces

Serious socio-economic consequences.

That’s O.K.. The pandemic kills. But how is it that this pandemic has resulted in a blockade of the world economy when this has not been the case in previous epidemics that have often caused more deaths in France and in the world (7)?

Widespread relocations and the policy of tense, financially effective flows have weakened the global economic system and are now stalling it. Not by the number of deaths that mainly affect the elderly without direct consequences on production or distribution but by the generalized confinement. Faced with the apocalyptic death toll, put forward by forecasters (8), the media, not only the continuous channels, and the governments themselves. These, after failing for lack of precautions, having no really effective means, were even more afraid not to take the only measures apparently available and used everywhere …
Chinese containment blocks manufacturing, routing, copying and installing containment… Blockages add to the blockage. The shortage to the shortage…

The whole thing has hardly been improved by the government’s many and contradictory words. Even though everything was ready for a long time, we had to deal with words when things were missing. It is known that politicians often lie, but why lie with this contempt of citizens. Because there was no mask, no test, was it necessary to say that they were useless. Was it necessary for the government spokeswoman to say that she did not know and that the French would not be aware of a mask? Before making them mandatory?

Le virus à trois faces

Taking as a model a totalitarian regime can only lead to authoritarian measures, ineffective for lack of means, a natural tendency of the governments distraught at a new situation.

Within a few days, the fight against the pandemic took on the face of a medieval struggle: the plague was there and the absolute weapon, the containment widespread, indiscriminate! With visible consequences in the short term and unknown in the longer term, from an economic, social, societal, psychological, political point of view.

If the Covid-19 is not, for the moment, the deadliest pandemic since the Spanish flu, neither globally nor nationally, it has led to the worst economic crisis in history since 1929? It highlighted the fragility of the dominant economic and social organization.

The teller seems to have been particularly effective. Even President Macron has been hit! Just listen to his words full of modesty and promise… (9).

As for the acts, it will be enough to follow, on a day-to-day basis, how the President and the Government will remove the proposals of the Citizens’ Convention for Climate. I love you a little, a lot…

1 – Wikipedia very carefully says: The last human coronavirus (or recently humanized, most likely from one or more strains carried by bats) seems to have emerged in Wuhan, China in 2019.

2 – 4,000 deaths in Wuhan. Some say, in fact, 10 times more.

3 – The President of the Republic: We have in France the best virologists, the best epidemiologists, renowned specialists, clinicians too, people who are in the field and we have listened, as we have been doing since day one. All of us have been told that despite our efforts to curb it, the virus continues to spread and is accelerating. We knew it (sic) , we dreaded it.

4 – France’s situation is not that of Italy. France has one of the best rates of resuscitation equipment in Europe, with a population equivalent to that of Italy, twice as many beds. Vincent Camus, marketing director anesthesia and resuscitation of the French branch of GE Healthcare, manufacturer, Les Échos 15/03/20.

5 – Emmanuel Macron: The Minister of Health and the Director General of Health have explained this to you on several occasions: to avoid the accumulation of patients who will be in respiratory distress in our emergency and resuscitation departments. We must continue to save time, and for that I will ask you to continue to make sacrifices and instead to do more, but for our collective benefit.

6 – In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Director of the Grand East LRA confirmed the plan to eliminate posts and beds by 2025 at the CHRU in Nancy. The measure was adjourned.

7 – Asian influenza: 1 to 2,000,000 deaths worldwide, about 100,000 in France. Hong Kong flu: 1 million deaths worldwide, 30,000 in France for a population… For a much smaller global and national population. Of course, you don’t have absolute confidence in the numbers and the pandemic is not over.

8 – The number of deaths announced has been very variable. The high hypothesis has often been accepted, up to 500,000 dead in France. According to a simulation using artificial intelligence (AI), coronavirus could infect up to 2.5 billion people in 45 days, and 52.9 million of them could die from the disease (Forbes, 08/02/20). Very often, journalists take only the most disturbing part of scientific forecasts: the weight of words, the shock of the numbers.

9 – A few words from the President: The government will do all it can… whatever it takes… Health is priceless Many of the decisions we are making, many of the changes we are making, we will keep them because we are also learning from this crisis, because our caregivers are great in innovation and mobilization, and what we are doing, we will learn all the lessons and come out with an even stronger health system… What this pandemic reveals is that there are goods and services that must be placed outside the laws of the market. To delegate our food, our protection, our ability to heal our living environment to others is madness.

Images recueillis pendant le confinement dans un rayon d'un km autour du métro Couronnes à Paris, surtout vingtième arrondissement.
Images recueillis pendant le confinement dans un rayon d'un km autour du métro Couronnes à Paris, surtout vingtième arrondissement.
Images recueillis pendant le confinement dans un rayon d'un km autour du métro Couronnes à Paris, surtout vingtième arrondissement.

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mages collected during the confinement within a radius of one km around the Metro Station Courones in Paris, especially in the twentieth arrondissement.

Confined walks in Belleville-Ménilmontant (Paris)

Balades confinées à Belleville-Ménilmontant

With apologies for the untranslated French texts that illustrate the article

The few images which follow, testify to the external signs of confinement in a district of Paris, around the boulevard de Belleville, from Couronnes to Ménilmontant, especially on the twentieth arrondissement side with some excursions in the eleventh and, rarer and more limited in the tenth ninth, because of the distance …
Images collected, during the daily hour authorized for shopping or walking, provided with the derogatory certificate, without mask at the start, then with a mask made by a craftsman from the neighborhood discovered during one of these outings.

This confinement is not terrible when you have a decent apartment. When health is not a serious problem. When social and family conditions are satisfactory. When all the essential shops exist a few hundred meters away.
We regret not being able to take full advantage of spring, which however makes the small exit hour pleasant … We can even enjoy some flowers and birdsong, inaudible in normal times because of the hubbub of the city …
Without television, deprived of cinema, catch-up session, every evening, with an old film on DVD.

Not everyone benefits from these conditions. The fifty five days of confinement are a difficult test for a large part of the population. You just have to look, over the days, at the number of people and their behavior on the street.

May 11 is not the end of confinement. Rather, it is the start of the second phase of containment. Because constraints will remain for many. First for the unemployed. For all the people who will have to go to work in more or less satisfactory conditions. In particular, in public transport. Hoping that the means will be adapted to the situation. And that users will behave as citizens.

But there are some for whom things may not change much. It’s all the nursing staff. Because the infection is still enough to cause a significant number of serious patients. It should not be that, despised when he sounded the alarm, described as a hero yesterday, by the President of the Republic, the nursing staff should be forgotten with loud words and a bonus for the occasion instead of an increase in wages . And that everything starts again as before.
Their demands were legitimized, in the eyes of all, by the damage of the pandemic in France, especially if we compare them with what is happening in Germany: insufficient equipment, staff, beds …
There are thousands of victims!

By their claims,
it was us they were defending !!!

But neither should the population, after having applauded at 8 p.m. every evening, resume their daily life and that, preoccupied with new difficulties or freed from the recent ones, they forget those who have resisted and who will continue for still have to deal with difficult working conditions.

Solidarity with caregivers and others, for the benefit of all, should not stop at applause at 8 p.m.
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Some of the photos below have already illustrated articles on this site. All were taken, day by day, in a neighborhood that has always mixed poverty, solidarity and contestation.

They are presented according to the date on which they were taken and the place is indicated. It doesn’t say anything about the day when these posters, these writings were displayed.
They could have been ordered by themes: solidarity, health security instructions, contestation …, grouped by street …

They are sometimes accompanied by comments. Or a twit issued the same day.

Rue du pressoir 18/03/20Rue du pressoir 18/03/20

Rue du pressoir 18/03/20

Friendly neighbors in the building.

Bd de Belleville, place Jean Ferrat (19/03/20).Bd de Belleville, place Jean Ferrat (19/03/20).
Bd de Belleville, place Jean Ferrat (19/03/20).

Bd de Belleville, place Jean Ferrat (19/03/20).

The population is small, confinement is followed, stewardship does not follow.

Marché de  Ménilmontant (1), marché de Belleville (3) (20/03/20).Marché de  Ménilmontant (1), marché de Belleville (3) (20/03/20).
Marché de  Ménilmontant (1), marché de Belleville (3) (20/03/20).Marché de  Ménilmontant (1), marché de Belleville (3) (20/03/20).Marché de  Ménilmontant (1), marché de Belleville (3) (20/03/20).

Marché de Ménilmontant (1), marché de Belleville (3) (20/03/20).

Customers are online and merchants have made arrangements to try to channel buyers. It will be the last market …

Twitt  : 03/22/20: During his visit to Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse, Prof. Valleta also could measure the beneficial effects of confinement: victims of road accidents, athletes injured in training are much less many in the emergency room (JDD 20/03/20). We believe we are dreaming
!

R de Belleville, r Julien Lacroix, r des Maronites,(2) (25/03/20)
R de Belleville, r Julien Lacroix, r des Maronites,(2) (25/03/20)R de Belleville, r Julien Lacroix, r des Maronites,(2) (25/03/20)
R de Belleville, r Julien Lacroix, r des Maronites,(2) (25/03/20)

R de Belleville, r Julien Lacroix, r des Maronites,(2) (25/03/20)

Rue du Pressoir (2), r du Chemin vert (1) (26/03/20), Rue du Pressoir (2), r du Chemin vert (1) (26/03/20),
Rue du Pressoir (2), r du Chemin vert (1) (26/03/20),

Rue du Pressoir (2), r du Chemin vert (1) (26/03/20),

Few people on the streets. When you meet, even with a mask, about half the time, people move away. Others pass indifferent. Several small groups discuss, touch each other.
The inhabitants of the district create the formation of a choir which will be heard in the evening at 8 p.m., at the time of the applause of support to the staff of the hospitals, followed by the diffusion of songs or music …

R de Ménilmontant (27/03/20)

R de Ménilmontant (27/03/20)

The line in front of a super market on the rue de Ménilmontant respecting the distance …
In front of the bakery on Place Maurice Chevalier, the beggar has disappeared … while the homeless man, vigil with a can, still in front of the Franprix, puts away the trash.

Pl Jean Ferrat, r de Ménilmontant, r Delaître, r Duris (2), bd de Ménilmontant(3, pl. Jean Ferrat, Maronites (28/03/20).
Pl Jean Ferrat, r de Ménilmontant, r Delaître, r Duris (2), bd de Ménilmontant(3, pl. Jean Ferrat, Maronites (28/03/20).
Pl Jean Ferrat, r de Ménilmontant, r Delaître, r Duris (2), bd de Ménilmontant(3, pl. Jean Ferrat, Maronites (28/03/20).
Pl Jean Ferrat, r de Ménilmontant, r Delaître, r Duris (2), bd de Ménilmontant(3, pl. Jean Ferrat, Maronites (28/03/20).
Pl Jean Ferrat, r de Ménilmontant, r Delaître, r Duris (2), bd de Ménilmontant(3, pl. Jean Ferrat, Maronites (28/03/20).
Pl Jean Ferrat, r de Ménilmontant, r Delaître, r Duris (2), bd de Ménilmontant(3, pl. Jean Ferrat, Maronites (28/03/20).
Pl Jean Ferrat, r de Ménilmontant, r Delaître, r Duris (2), bd de Ménilmontant(3, pl. Jean Ferrat, Maronites (28/03/20).
Pl Jean Ferrat, r de Ménilmontant, r Delaître, r Duris (2), bd de Ménilmontant(3, pl. Jean Ferrat, Maronites (28/03/20).

Pl Jean Ferrat, r de Ménilmontant, r Delaître, r Duris (2), bd de Ménilmontant(3, pl. Jean Ferrat, Maronites (28/03/20).

Few people in the streets, the flowering spring does not forget the demands and the necessary adaptation to the situation … The homeless man sits, as usual, in front of the Franprix, chats with a lady who steps back when he coughs .

ND de Ménilmontant (29/03/30)

ND de Ménilmontant (29/03/30)

Place Jean Ferrat (30/03/20)

Place Jean Ferrat (30/03/20)

Place Jean Ferrat: a tobacconist has closed on the boulevard de Ménilmontant (20 °), a long line, respecting the distance, stretches in front of that of the rue Oberkampf (11 °).

Le bureau de Poste du bd de Belleville (11°), pharmacie du bd de belleville (20°), mmesures de prévention sur les vitrines (3) bd de Belleville (20°), Belleville, les 4 arrondissements, la r de Belleville (2) (31/03/20)
Le bureau de Poste du bd de Belleville (11°), pharmacie du bd de belleville (20°), mmesures de prévention sur les vitrines (3) bd de Belleville (20°), Belleville, les 4 arrondissements, la r de Belleville (2) (31/03/20)
Le bureau de Poste du bd de Belleville (11°), pharmacie du bd de belleville (20°), mmesures de prévention sur les vitrines (3) bd de Belleville (20°), Belleville, les 4 arrondissements, la r de Belleville (2) (31/03/20)
Le bureau de Poste du bd de Belleville (11°), pharmacie du bd de belleville (20°), mmesures de prévention sur les vitrines (3) bd de Belleville (20°), Belleville, les 4 arrondissements, la r de Belleville (2) (31/03/20)
Le bureau de Poste du bd de Belleville (11°), pharmacie du bd de belleville (20°), mmesures de prévention sur les vitrines (3) bd de Belleville (20°), Belleville, les 4 arrondissements, la r de Belleville (2) (31/03/20)
Le bureau de Poste du bd de Belleville (11°), pharmacie du bd de belleville (20°), mmesures de prévention sur les vitrines (3) bd de Belleville (20°), Belleville, les 4 arrondissements, la r de Belleville (2) (31/03/20)
Le bureau de Poste du bd de Belleville (11°), pharmacie du bd de belleville (20°), mmesures de prévention sur les vitrines (3) bd de Belleville (20°), Belleville, les 4 arrondissements, la r de Belleville (2) (31/03/20)
Le bureau de Poste du bd de Belleville (11°), pharmacie du bd de belleville (20°), mmesures de prévention sur les vitrines (3) bd de Belleville (20°), Belleville, les 4 arrondissements, la r de Belleville (2) (31/03/20)

Post office, bd de Belleville (11°), pharmacy, bd de Belleville (20°), preventive measures on the windows (3) bd de Belleville (20°), Belleville, les 4 arrondissements, r de Belleville (2) (31/03/20)

Lines, in front of the post office, the pharmacy, it is not for masks, not found, precautions of the traders, the city without pedestrians, without cars …

Bd de Belleville (2), bd de Ménilmontant (2) (01/04/20)
Bd de Belleville (2), bd de Ménilmontant (2) (01/04/20)
Bd de Belleville (2), bd de Ménilmontant (2) (01/04/20)
Bd de Belleville (2), bd de Ménilmontant (2) (01/04/20)

Bd de Belleville (2), bd de Ménilmontant (2) (01/04/20)

R du Pressoir (04/04/20)

R du Pressoir (04/04/20) : Young people give a distant recital in the courtyard of the building while waiting for the applause at 8 p.m., the choir and the music played by a powerful loudspeaker.

During the walk, we learn that a friend and his wife were hospitalized for Covid-19.
The homeless, the bobbin watchman who normally is always in front of or in the Franprix, is now in the cabin of a van.

 

Twit : 04/04/20. In a democracy, decisions are respected if they are respectable. Applicable materially. Justified. Not contradictory. Taken by a respectable and respected authority. Failing that, it will be necessary to use coercion against indiscipline, the D system, the free pass.

Franprix bd de Belleville (06/04/20)

Franprix bd de Belleville (06/04/20)

Friends tell us by phone that their daughter and son-in-law had Covid-19 but that they are fine after being badly shaken.
The telephone has never been so used … Long conversations about everyone’s health, speculation about the pandemic …

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Belvédère de Belleville (4), r du Transvaal (1) (12/04/20)
Belvédère de Belleville (4), r du Transvaal (1) (12/04/20)
Belvédère de Belleville (4), r du Transvaal (1) (12/04/20)
Belvédère de Belleville (4), r du Transvaal (1) (12/04/20)

Belvédère de Belleville (4), r du Transvaal (1) (12/04/20)

Thursday 10 and Friday 11, violation of certificates: went in the morning on an empty stomach to the laboratory which is 2 or 300 meters away and then left during the day, with two different certificates!

R du Pressoir, Oberkampf 11+ (2), r de Tourtille (13/04/20)
R du Pressoir, Oberkampf 11+ (2), r de Tourtille (13/04/20)
R du Pressoir, Oberkampf 11+ (2), r de Tourtille (13/04/20)
R du Pressoir, Oberkampf 11+ (2), r de Tourtille (13/04/20)

R du Pressoir, Oberkampf 11+ (2), r de Tourtille (13/04/20)

Twits 15/04/20 : The government has talked about compensating caregivers for overtime. Could it be otherwise? And a bonus! What generosity, my lords!
Increase the salaries of all caregivers! Those of nurses are among the lowest in the OECD.

15/04/20 : China, the initial home of Covid-19, struggle by confinement, tests (tracing, isolation in dedicated premises), masks, gestures of social distancing. France does exactly the same thing: without mask, without test, without dedicated places. Remain confinement and gestures outside.

15/04/20 😛opularity according to merits? Merkel, 79% +11, the Danish PM, Me Frederiksen, 79% +40, the Austrian chancellor, S. Kurz, 77% +33, the Dutch PM, M.Rutte, 75%, V.Orban, 71%, G. Conte in Italy 71%, B. Johnson 61% in the UK, D. Trump, 43%, Macron, 40% + 7.

Twit 16/04/20 :Progressive deconfinement and insufficient masks. To encourage the production of handmade masks, Castaner will offer a gathering of veiled women and black-blocs at Place de la Concorde.
Supervised by police without masks with a certificate from the minister

Rue de Ménilmontant (17/04/20)

Rue de Ménilmontant (17/04/20)

Twits 17/04/20 :Macron did not hear the demonstrations of the gilets jaunes, neither those against the pension reform, nor those of the hospital workers.
Does he have hearing aids? After 4 days, he hears the elderly or at risk, confined, or senators, average age, 61 years.

17/04/20 : Booking.com who has enjoyed considerable tax benefits for years, is requesting public aid of several million euros due to the current crisis(De Volkskrant, Nederland).
Booking.com only go to the cashier to cash.

Rue Julien Lacroix (18/04/20)
Rue Julien Lacroix (18/04/20)Rue Julien Lacroix (18/04/20)
Rue Julien Lacroix (18/04/20)Rue Julien Lacroix (18/04/20)

Rue Julien Lacroix (18/04/20)

The police presence is relatively discreet. Only on the boulevard de Belleville, rare checks, we were never checked. police cars pass …
Two men, without mask, stop and kiss each other under the eyes of the police.
Friday and Saturday, impression that there are more people on the boulevard, with or without mask
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Rue des Couronnes (19/04/20)
Rue des Couronnes (19/04/20)
Rue des Couronnes (19/04/20)

Rue des Couronnes (19/04/20)

Confined demonstrations, claims to balconies …

Rue Boyer (2), r Fernand Raynaud (21/04/20)
Rue Boyer (2), r Fernand Raynaud (21/04/20)Rue Boyer (2), r Fernand Raynaud (21/04/20)

Rue Boyer (2), r Fernand Raynaud (21/04/20)

Twit 21/04/20 : The oil storage capacities being exceeded, a premium of 37 dollars is given per barrel removed.
Your bathtub can be the beginning of fortune!

R Raponneau, r de Belleville (2), r de Tourtille (2) (22/04/20)
R Raponneau, r de Belleville (2), r de Tourtille (2) (22/04/20)R Raponneau, r de Belleville (2), r de Tourtille (2) (22/04/20)
R Raponneau, r de Belleville (2), r de Tourtille (2) (22/04/20)R Raponneau, r de Belleville (2), r de Tourtille (2) (22/04/20)

R Raponneau, r de Belleville (2), r de Tourtille (2) (22/04/20)

Purchase of masks in a workshop, rue de Tourtille.
More people than the day before. Weariness? Sunny weather ?

R Jean-Pierre Timbaud 11° (23/04/20)R Jean-Pierre Timbaud 11° (23/04/20)

R Jean-Pierre Timbaud 11° (23/04/20)

Food collection at the J.P. Timbaud street mosque on the occasion of Ramadan.
A friend near Carcassonne thinks he had covid-19, which he treated with paracetamol without any problem, except three days of fever and intense sweating. At the same time, two visitors were treated one with hospitalization, the other at home.

R de Ménilmontant (25/04/20)

R de Ménilmontant (25/04/20)

Small meeting scheduled with a couple of friends, masked, with respect for distances in the square Elisa Borey, in the sun.

R de Belleville (2), rue de Tourtille (2) (26/04/20)R de Belleville (2), rue de Tourtille (2) (26/04/20)
R de Belleville (2), rue de Tourtille (2) (26/04/20)R de Belleville (2), rue de Tourtille (2) (26/04/20)

R de Belleville (2), rue de Tourtille (2) (26/04/20)

This Sunday, relative increase in walkers on Boulevard de Belleville.

R de Tlemcen, r du Pressoir (01/05/20)
R de Tlemcen, r du Pressoir (01/05/20)

R de Tlemcen, r du Pressoir (01/05/20)

Confined workers use their windows to mark May Day.
Small statistic on the boulevard: 15 people with mask, 39 without.

Twit 01/05/20 : To lie without being aware of it, you have to be very intelligent. Otherwise the contradistions appear quikly. The government these days is in full view of everyone in this situation.
It shamelessly contradicts itself. Despise citizens. Sabote democracy.

R  Picabia (2), r Rébéval,  r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)
R  Picabia (2), r Rébéval,  r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)
R  Picabia (2), r Rébéval,  r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)
R  Picabia (2), r Rébéval,  r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)
R  Picabia (2), r Rébéval,  r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)
R  Picabia (2), r Rébéval,  r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)
R  Picabia (2), r Rébéval,  r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)
R  Picabia (2), r Rébéval,  r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)
R  Picabia (2), r Rébéval,  r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)

R Picabia (2), r Rébéval, r Rampal , r de Tourtille (5) (02/05/30)

Claims windows.
Rue de Rébéval, long line in front of a craft center, for the purchase of masks at 2 and 5 euros minimum.
On the boulevard de la Villette, a fruit and vegetable merchant probably Chinese: inscriptions in Chinese and French. At the entrance, a person to disinfect the hands, one-way path, entry and exit through different doors.

 

R Saint Maur 11° (03/05/20)
R Saint Maur 11° (03/05/20)
R Saint Maur 11° (03/05/20)

R Saint Maur 11° (03/05/20)

R de Ménilmontant, r Sorbier (04/05/20)
R de Ménilmontant, r Sorbier (04/05/20)

R de Ménilmontant, r Sorbier (04/05/20)

Few people on the streets.

Twit 05/05/20 : Who will tell Emmanuel Macron and all his government that he just has to cross the street to register for Pôle Emploi?

Pharmacie r de Ménilmontant,  r Julien Lacrois, r des  Amandiers, r du Liban (06/05/20)
Pharmacie r de Ménilmontant,  r Julien Lacrois, r des  Amandiers, r du Liban (06/05/20)Pharmacie r de Ménilmontant,  r Julien Lacrois, r des  Amandiers, r du Liban (06/05/20)
Pharmacie r de Ménilmontant,  r Julien Lacrois, r des  Amandiers, r du Liban (06/05/20)

Pharmacie r de Ménilmontant, r Julien Lacrois, r des Amandiers, r du Liban (06/05/20)

Finally the masks arrive, our usual pharmacist will only have them on May 11. The claims remain. Cycle merchants dream of the first paid holidays … 1936
Second meeting with our friends at Elisa Borey square.
For the first time, certificates on the tablet. As a precaution, Anne takes a paper certificate.

Place Martin Nadaud, bd de Ménilmontnt, r du Pressoir (08/05/20)
Place Martin Nadaud, bd de Ménilmontnt, r du Pressoir (08/05/20)
Place Martin Nadaud, bd de Ménilmontnt, r du Pressoir (08/05/20)

Place Martin Nadaud, bd de Ménilmontnt, r du Pressoir (08/05/20)

The gardens are closed but the place is open for children. We applaud at eight o’clock but the doctors’ neighbors are not reassured.
Vegetable truck in the rue du Pressoir.

 Pl Jean Ferrat, bd de Belleville (3), r Julien Lacroix, parc de Belleville, r Palikao (09/05/20)
 Pl Jean Ferrat, bd de Belleville (3), r Julien Lacroix, parc de Belleville, r Palikao (09/05/20) Pl Jean Ferrat, bd de Belleville (3), r Julien Lacroix, parc de Belleville, r Palikao (09/05/20)
 Pl Jean Ferrat, bd de Belleville (3), r Julien Lacroix, parc de Belleville, r Palikao (09/05/20) Pl Jean Ferrat, bd de Belleville (3), r Julien Lacroix, parc de Belleville, r Palikao (09/05/20)
 Pl Jean Ferrat, bd de Belleville (3), r Julien Lacroix, parc de Belleville, r Palikao (09/05/20) Pl Jean Ferrat, bd de Belleville (3), r Julien Lacroix, parc de Belleville, r Palikao (09/05/20)

Pl Jean Ferrat, bd de Belleville (3), r Julien Lacroix, parc de Belleville, r Palikao (09/05/20)

Solidarity meal points in Paris, during confinement, boulevard de Belleville stores, a zebra of hope? even with a mask.

R Sorbier (2), r de Ménilmontant (3),  r Villiers de l'Isle Adam (10/05/20)R Sorbier (2), r de Ménilmontant (3),  r Villiers de l'Isle Adam (10/05/20)
R Sorbier (2), r de Ménilmontant (3),  r Villiers de l'Isle Adam (10/05/20)R Sorbier (2), r de Ménilmontant (3),  r Villiers de l'Isle Adam (10/05/20)
R Sorbier (2), r de Ménilmontant (3),  r Villiers de l'Isle Adam (10/05/20)R Sorbier (2), r de Ménilmontant (3),  r Villiers de l'Isle Adam (10/05/20)

R Sorbier (2), r de Ménilmontant (3), r Villiers de l’Isle Adam (10/05/20)

Despite the dedication of some, nothing is settled and the little beast watches …

May 11 in white, solidarity and distrust

Un 11 mai en blanc, par solidarité, par défiance ?

IThe President of the Republic, with his deep understanding of social and political life, has already taken hold of May 1, the day commemorating the Chicago massacre (1886), for the 8-hour working day of May 1, instituted in 1889 as international workers’ demands day, followed in France by the Fourmies shooting of May 1, 1891.

In 2019, he said « May 1 is the day for those who love work ». It was preceded in this May 1 capture attempt by the one who in 1941 had made it « Labor Day and Social Concord ».
In 2020, the president spoke of « finding May 1 as happy as possible, sometimes bickering, who make our Nation », basically a happy day of bullying buddies. Like those of May 1, 2018 and May 1, 2019?

It is unthinkable to leave the field open to make Monday, May 11, the first day of possible partial deconfinement, a day only marked by government self-satisfaction whose economic and health policy has strongly played in the insufficient means to make facing the pandemic.

Un 11 mai en blanc, par solidarité, par défiance ?

It is fair that the population, after two months of confinement, may feel some satisfaction in this day release after a long house arrest for some and others at work in neglected safety conditions.

Throughout this period, many people, in one way or another, wanted to show, every day at 8 p.m., their gratitude to the nursing staff, all hierarchies included, their dedication to ensuring the best possible care for victims of the pandemic.

But this half-step towards the society of the future must not be the beginning of forgetting working conditions before and during the endemic. For a year, hospital staff, once again, all hierarchies combined, demonstrated, against poor working conditions, a shortage of staff, equipment … announcing the risk of collapse.
We know the government’s response both in terms of managing their protests and in terms of their demands: I’m not Santa Claus, crazy money …

It was not thanks to the first ropers but to them, despised yesterday, that the system did not completely collapse. One cannot be content with words of circumstance, formal thanks on heroism and national unity. These are resources that are necessary, in terms of personnel (recruitment, salaries, recognition at fair value of nursing staff, foreign doctors, etc.) and equipment.

Un 11 mai en blanc, par solidarité, par défiance ?

May 11 should be an opportunity to show solidarity with the white blouses, and blue and gray …, victims of the policy of contempt for those nothings who ran into stations to reach their work place.
But who have been there to assume their technical but also human role. Without the means they should have had.

There has been a lot of talk about brands, tests, respirators that were not planned for exceptional circumstances. And blouses? Charlottes? Overshoes? We have seen the effects of the just-in-time industrial policy applied to the hospital !!!

So would it not be possible to make May 11, of this first step towards day parole, a day of solidarity, in the street, in compliance with the rules of social distancing, with or without mask according to their distribution, without gathering, without assembly which may increase the risk of contamination, with or without a certificate because the deconfinement is not yet certain, the government is using it to keep citizens quiet.

We must send a clear sign of satisfaction to those who have suffered, who will be that day and again in the days that follow, wearing a white garment, a white bow, a white ribbon, putting on a white cloth at the window, without noise, without provocation …

A blank day to remind everyone that our solidarity will not stop there. To others we are not ready to forget.

 

Un 11 mai en blanc, par solidarité, par défiance ?
Un 11 mai en blanc, par solidarité, par défiance ?
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Mr Puce, his wife and the dog

Monsieur Puce, sa femme et le chien

Confinement due to the coronavirus epidemic requires changes in daily life. Besides the drama images, in continuous information, these adaptations to the situation can also give some opportunities to smile.

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In these days of confinement, how will the Puce spouses organize their daily walk? Authorized? Forbidden? Tolerated for specific reasons.
First difficulty obtaining a derogatory displacement certificate, dated, signed, having checked the correct boxes, the model of which is provided by the administration.

Both retirees, with no problem of childcare, no need, in the moment, of displacement for health reasons, except the short-term replenishment of essential drugs, they fortunately do not need to use the boxes 1 , 3 and 4.

Obviously a basset dog cannot walk alone and needs administrative support: it will therefore be Madame Puce. She can go out duly provided with a certificate for the needs of pets, after having checked box 5.
However, Mr. Puce, for this gallantry, will be assigned to residence because it would be excessive to provide two companions for the little darling pet. Although if Madame keeps the leash, Monsieur could be responsible for picking up the private needs of the incontinent basset …

But in order not to irritate the police, he would prefer to use a planned reason: short trips, near the home, linked to individual physical activity, for example. On the condition of running because one of his friends learned, at his expense, that walking is not accepted as an individual physical activity!
And at 84, there is no question of going back to running. He doesn’t even have the right outfit, including athletic shoes. Impossible to buy. Perhaps, brisk walking, a little slowed down, but with two sticks … Box 5 is therefore still excluded.

There remains box 2: travel to make essential purchases in authorized establishments. In the absence of brioche, Monsieur Puce will go and buy the daily baguette when Madame walks the nice basset hound.
So it will be possible to walk. In the company of Madame but it will not be a marital walk. To comply with the instructions and set a good civic example, he must stand, forward or behind his wife, more than a meter, or better on the sidewalk opposite.

This regulatory distancing is not, however, unbearable.

Fortunately, it is not compulsory inside the home.
 

Monsieur Puce, sa femme et le chien

Coronavirus and politics

Coronavirus et politique

The coronavirus epidemic is an opportunity to verify that communication and forecasting are difficult arts that have little to do with information and facts. When communication dominates information, it is not surprising that it is distorted to the point of inconsistency to obtain the expected behavior of the population. Politicians, fleeing their responsibility, then questioned the indiscipline of the French.

But politics is also a difficult art.

The municipal election decision demonstrated this. Emmanuel Macron knew he would be severely criticized by the opposition. All that remained was to make the decision that seemed most fair and consistent with all of the decisions taken in managing the coronavirus crisis.
If it had postponed the municipal elections, the opposition would have cried out for fear of the presidential party’s electoral debacle, the attack on democracy, the dictatorship. He consulted, in particular, Gérard Larcher, president of the Senate, second state figure, François Baroin, president of the Association des maires de France (AMF) who opposed the postponement.

The decision taken, everyone fell on him, especially the little comrades of Larcher and Baroin…

This position may have seemed questionable. Especially since it did not concern the second round and therefore made all the results difficult to proclaim. It became completely incomprehensible on Saturday after Edouard Philippe’s announcements to stop everything except the elections!
To wonder who governs the President of the Republic or the head of government.

Of course, the President and the Prime Minister hide behind the advice of the Scientific Council. According to Checknews, the president of this council, Jean-François Delfraissy declared: One of the decisions taken by the president of the Republic is to advise […] a very strong reduction of the social life of the people above 70 years . However, these people will have access to the shopping every day. The question asked was: finally going to vote is comparable to going shopping in a supermarket. The scientific council considered that there was no element to think that there would be a risk for these people provided that the elections are organized in a practical way […]. The risk was no greater than the possibility that they would be allowed to continue shopping « (Liberation 15/03/20).
There is, however, a small difference: people over the age of 70, even less than others, cannot wait several months for shopping. It was possible for the municipal elections without endangering the Republic. The Council could have given the same opinion for the second, the third, the umpteenth round: whatever the circumstances. The polling station is unlikely to be more dangerous than the market!
It is only an opinion, the decision belongs to the President of the Republic.

To judge the future evolution of the epidemic, everyone relies on the figures published in the different countries which were the first countries affected by the coronavirus. To do this, we must have confidence in the figures, always provided by the States, and, to compare them, they should be collected using the same methods.
Concerning contaminated subjects, it is strictly impossible: each country having its policy of enumeration and its practice of tests. Which can, moreover, vary over time.
This does not preclude the publication of the daily data and their comparison.

The death toll is certainly more reliable if it is not handled by governments. According to information provided by China, affected long before France, there are more than 3,000 deaths since the start of the epidemic for 1.5 billion people. There are less than 400 in France for 67 million inhabitants. And some tell us, if nothing is done, between 300,000 and 500,000! Which should be reached in about a month at the current rate of growth, doubly every 3 or 4 days !!!.
Inconsistency of the figures?

Of course, a tsunami is not necessary to exhaust the human and material possibilities of hospital services. For 11 months, heads of hospital departments have been on administrative strike, not to ask for a salary increase, that everyone knows how to do, but to ask for additional resources in terms of equipment and personnel to cope with daily difficulties. Even if the coronavirus is no more than a seasonal flu, which we do not hear about, it is an additional flu which greatly increases the number of cases that hospital services must deal with. With personnel who are themselves affected, more than the population by the virus.

Everyone agrees, the means are insufficient. As for responsibilities, it is the fault of others: Scientific Council, politicians, people who do not follow the instructions …

Should we recall the statements of each other to feel their side … derisory? Christophe Castaner (Minister of the Interior), attentive had made his calculations, false moreover: There are on average 1,000 voters per polling station. With a 60% turnout, or 600 people coming to vote in the space of 10 to 12 hours, that amounts to 30 to 40 people per hour in the same office. This avoids physical contact.

Differences in Agnès Buzyn’s statements (health Minister) in a few weeks. It is unfortunate, especially for her, that she did not speak earlier if what she says now is true. If she thought a tsunami was coming …

Public health has suffered from the accumulation of organized shortages for years. Today, President Macron discovers the benefits of what, since taking office, he has striven to reduce further. Public service, the concept of public service. He pays tribute to the professionals to those he has refused to hear for months, not just to the hospital workers … A tribute is good and it does not cost much : We have in France the best virologists, the best epidemiologists, renowned specialists, clinicians too, people who are in the field and whom we have listened to, as we have been doing since the first day. Everyone has told us that despite our efforts to curb it, the virus continues to spread and is accelerating. We knew it, we feared it.

He knew everything! As Agnes Buzyn says. Before this war as before another, there was no shortage of a gaiter button. The only thing missing is the masks which are ineffective today but which are likely to be highly recommended tomorrow when they are available (For FFP2 masks, 70 to 80% of the masks purchased in Europe come from Asia). There is a lack of hydroalcoholic gel, the use of which is recommended. Much more serious, there is a lack of hospital beds, respirators which, moreover, are not made in France

In a survey conducted in June-July 2009, the number of resuscitation beds identified was 4,769 compared to 5,707 places in 2006, the number of respirators in resuscitation 7,007 in 2009 and 9,236 in 2006.
According to the OECD, in 2018, out of 35 countries, France ranked 19th for the number of intensive care beds: Japan (7.8 beds per 1,000 inhabitants), South Korea (7.1), Germany ( 6), Lithuania (5.5), Slovak Republic (4.9), Poland (4.8), Hungary (4.3), Slovenia (4.2), Czech Republic (4.1), Estonia (3 , 5) and Latvia (3.3), France (3.1), Italy (2.6), United States (2.4), Spain (2.4), United Kingdom (2.1).

To see the consequences, just compare the number of deaths in Germany, France, Italy … taking into account the lag in the onset of the epidemic.


Now, the President of the Republic is ready to draw the lesson: what this pandemic already reveals is that free health care without condition of income, course or profession, our welfare state are not costs or charges but precious goods, essential assets when fate strikes … that there are goods and services that must be placed outside the laws of the market… delegate our food, our protection, our ability to care for our living in the depths of others is madness … The coming weeks and months will require breaking decisions in this sense. I will assume them.

Everything was known ! Was planned! Why this delay in action? Why this political reversal?
But as the promises are only binding on those who believe in them, perhaps it would be good to retire Emmanuel Macron for services not rendered to the population. At least.

Coronavirus et politique

Health walk

Promenade de santé
Dear neighbors, If you need help shopping, I can help you. With pleasure.

Confinement due to the coronavirus epidemic requires changes in daily life. They are sometimes annoying, they can also give a new smile. To give rise to signs showing that the concept of solidarity has not completely disappeared in a society that describes, every day, as only individualistic.

The Academy proclaims that daily walking is an essential physical activity for health, especially for the elderly. Consequently, Mr. and Mrs. Puce, who are no longer 20 years old, take their hygienic walk in the neighborhood and at the same time meet the needs of their basset hound. This double requirement can be maintained during the period of confinement, subject to certain widely disseminated precautions and a certificate of derogatory displacement.

However, the difficulties begin with the elevator, which is sometimes minimal. How to respect the recommended distance of a minimum of one meter? The elevator can be used by up to two people at the same time. And again back to back, to avoid the dangerous droplets. Of course, it is always possible to avoid it. Always ? Whatever the age? Whatever the weight of the shopping ? Go down or go up several floors? For the Plume couple ….

Rest in patience: Mr. and Mr. Puce can wait until the elevator is empty. At the risk, especially on the ground floor, of waiting some time with neighbors. This allows to get to know each other better. Share good, bad and fake news and weather considerations by using the ground floor stage and « jouer aux quatre coins » to keep the regulatory distance.

In the street, for Mr aand Mrs Puce, meeting best friends has become the most dangerous. It is now necessary to avoid effusions and hugs. Talking from a distance when Mr. Puce has not forgotten his hearing aids or quickly come to the conclusion: we call on the phone or, more modern, thanks to the communication tools that allow to join the image to the word. For the Puce, it will be the occasion of an extension and a perfecting of the means of contact, still it is necessary that the one and the other could have, beforehand, the device adjusted by grandsons or granddaughters. Who now cannot play at home repairers.

They are more distant but the Mr and Mrs Puce do not feel completely abandoned. In the building, out of the 44 apartments, 6 people posted messages in the elevators to offer their services to people with some difficulties.

Viral solidarity on the move?

Promenade de santé
Dear neighbors, In these times of coronavirus, I propose to carry out food shoppingto prevent the elderly with significant concerns from going out. Do not hesitate to enter your names and numbers, otherwise contact me

About Death on the Nile

A propos de Mort sur le Nil

The ambiguity of the French title, Mort sur le Nil, is the first question posed by this famous detective novel by Agatha Christie, resolved by the English title, Death on the Nile (1): it is about death and not of a dead man on the Nile. Because there are several deaths in this novel which could have been entitled Two marriages and five burials.

The novel does not start with a crime or with a corpse whose story will have to be unearthed and the culprit found. The crime only occurs after the first third of the novel and is the first riddle for the reader: who will die in this sample of good society, essentially, British, where everyone knows each other or almost, on a tourist cruise on the Nile ?

Perhaps inopportune question because Agatha Christie expands widely on the description of a person, the only exceptional personality who attracts all eyes, admiration, jealousy, grudge which designate the reader as the likely victim.
She is the first in the order of appearance of the eighteen characters presented, five of whom will not be on the cruise and can not be the victim or the culprit and Hercule Poirot, the famous detective. This reduces the number of suspects to twelve for the reader. It is difficult to think that the main roles, victim or culprit, may not appear in this first list and be among the six cruise passengers discovered later. The reader is entitled to think that they are only secondary characters by their rank or their nationality including a police officer, confidant and auxiliary of Hercule Poirot, a collateral victim as we say today, an Italian archaeologist, an aristocrat original and incognito… potential stooges? Lures for the reader? Forgetting, of course, the staff, which boils down to a few anonymous stewards and a Nubian …

This person is exceptional by hher beauty, her elegance, her wealth, her intelligence but also by her unconscious sufficiency full of good will. In a word, the perfection of a young woman of her rank makes her the victim. Especially since many cruise companions suffer from this haughty superiority and have some more or less legitimate reasons to blame her, possible motives for taking action.

The crime committed, the known victim, remains to be found among the motives suggested by the perpetrator who led to the murder.
The mere presentation of the characters, in their environment in the United Kingdom or the United States or on the cruise, provides Hercule Poirot and the reader with numerous clues that point towards the victim first, the culprits then. Clues whose collection therefore begins before the crime, before the investigation.

In total, a dozen Britons seem to be the only passengers on the cruise, who can claim guilt. Some other people participate in the cruise but are unworthy of any suspicion, by their condition or their nationality: a French nurse, an Italian archaeologist, an original incognito lord and all the staff which boils down to a few anonymous stewards and a Nubian

It is only among the people of this imperial high society, worthy of attention, that the culprit is found. Because everyone, above all suspicion, is in a situation, more or less doubtful, likely to involve them in very serious acts: a neglected suitor, a noble friend humiliated, they are not part of the cruise. Remain a friend whose fiancé was hijacked, a member of an old family ruined by financial maneuvers of the father of the victim, managers doubtful of his fortune, a thief of jewelry surprised in his activity, an indelicate lover annoyed by a untimely intervention, a kleptomaniac or an alcoholic, unfortunately unmasked … These different reasons of unequal importance affect people more or less able to commit an act of such gravity …

The first motive, obviously, in the classic love trio, is the neglected fiancée who makes her the first suspect. She does not hesitate to provoke, to show her revolver, to shout her love-hate …
But this evidence is too simple

Fortunately, Hercule Poirot is on board. Thanks to chance, to his exceptional memory, a meal in London a few months earlier, to an excellent gift of observation, to a great psychological finesse, to his insight, to his intuitions, to his reputation which makes him the confidant of some and others, the famous detective will solve the problem. With two more murders, however, that further the action. And two other violent deaths at the end of the cruise that conclude it. The title of the novel could have been Two Weddings and Five Burials. Because there are not only murders on this cruise.

Hercule Poirot is assisted by Colonel Race, who casually searches and casually finds a South African rebel killer. He also plays a role of confidant, of asserting…

Two policemen from the same world, fair and generous men, who take pleasure in doing justice by respecting, if not law, at least order: here, all crimes are kept secret, except assassinations. They thus save the appearance of a society which must not fail, which must appear. And the cruise happily ends in two unions. When Race logically recognizes: In fact, this marriage was settled by Heaven and Hercule Poirot. He replies with his legendary humor and vanity: No, this story was entirely imagined by me. In other words, more precisely, imagined by Agatha Christie.
As for the collateral deaths under investigation, God or the Devil did not need help.

The knot, the lure of drama is in the classic passionate trio. And Agatha Christie strives to advance the investigation by eliminating the various hypotheses that she suggested to the reader, in particular through the secrets of Hercule Poirot in Race.
In a progress report approved by Hercule Poirot, Race lists those who have plausible motives against whom we have certain testimonies (six people), and those who, to our knowledge, are free from all suspicion (eight people ). Curiously, he does not quote either in a group, nor in the other, nor in a third, two members of the classic trio. How to make them forget the reader …

Some are suspected because of motives that seem a little light, discoveries of the hidden alcoholism of an old woman, kleptomania of another that her personal nurse monitors … Others are more or less suspect as a result false statements contradicting other testimonies, aiming to hide more serious things … Others finally seem difficult to blame because having never escaped the gaze of one or the other especially after an apparently passionate shooting of the neglected fiancée on the one who abandoned her for her former best friend. Or a suspect herself murdered!
All that remains for Hercule Poirot is to flaunt his gift of observing facts and feelings and connecting clues that lead to the perpetrators being confused.
Which then seems obvious to the reader.

A propos de Mort sur le Nil

1 – Mort sur le Nil (Death on the Nile) de Agatha Christie, Librairie des Champs-Élysées, 1948, 254 p

Madam Mayor of Paris …

Madame la maire de Paris...

The post of mayor of Paris does not seem to escape from one of the three women whom the polls put in a favorable position in this election. Hence the temptation to paint their portrait that a leading editorial woman writer was able to title The Town Hall of Paris and its three graces, a title that a male, white, on the fiftieth birthday, long forgotten, cannot afford. Especially since this editorial ends with a warning: this election is highly dependent on men, relegated to the background … who, in the end, will fold the match …

But another peculiarity of the leading trio is interesting to emphasize. All three are either immigrant or of immigrant origin, from different countries, in different circumstances, which suggests that the population is less xenophobic or racist (including anti-semitism) than many politicians want to believe through their statements, their decisions… for about forty years.

Anne Hidalgo, the incumbent, was born in Spain to a trade unionist electrician and a dressmaker, who immigrated to France in 1962.

Rachida Dati was born in France to a mason father of Moroccan origin, who arrived in France in 1963, and to a mother of Algerian origin. Former counselor then spokesperson for Sarkozy, Minister of Justice of the Fillon government, former MEP, she is currently mayor, in the beautiful districts of Paris, of the 7th district.

Agnes Buzyn was born in Paris to a Polish Jewish family. Her father, an orthopedic surgeon, was deported to Auschwitz at the age of 12 (her grandparents did not return), and her mother, a psychoanalyst, was hidden during the war … Professor of medicine, she was a minister Health, post which she had to abandon at the request of the President of the Republic who sent her on a mission to replace, at short notice, the former Minister Benjamin Grivaux, ex-candidate of LREM (1).

If Agnes Buzyn said, recently, I’m not afraid of anything (2), this quality, positive or negative, can be recognized by the other two candidates. It had already been claimed by Rachida Dati, I’m not afraid of anything, you know. Nobody has any idea how strong my springs are (3). Because this place should not have been offered to them on a platter by their little party comrades. In the La République en marche (LREM), the candidates were numerous, and two competed. If one was denied by his party, LREM, the other supported by the President of the Republic disappeared, incidentally, and the President had to repair with Agnès Buzyn, the defection of his first choice to save what could be.

Anne Hidalgo, labor inspector, technical advisor in various ministerial offices, becomes advisor in Paris. Appointed deputy mayor by Bertrand Delanoë, she succeeded him upon his departure. And, outgoing mayor, she must face the attacks coming from all the candidates.

Rachida Dati has had to fight hard, has experienced multiple vicissitudes, multiple pitfalls to obtain successive support which allowed her to conquer her place as representative of the Parisian right. Few were those who, a few months ago, thought that she could be considered a serious contender for mayor of Paris.

These three candidates could be considered as the triumphant image of successful integration if the political line, the declarations of the parties showed a real desire for integration. Which is far from being the case for decades! One could even say that, women, they are candidates despite their origin or despite party politics, despite the atmosphere that politicians create on immigration issues.
The mayor of Paris will be democratically elected by the population. Certainly, given the electoral system, it will not be elected directly by the citizens, but they are, all three, probably better known than their electoral program! Without wanting to make them the representatives of immigration that they are not, they are no more rejected than the whole of the political staff.

In fact, on immigration issues, the population is perhaps more open than the policians that lack humanity, to say the least.
This is shown by the importance of gestures, acts of solidarity, throughout the territory, as elsewhere in Europe, of ordinary citizens who do not hesitate, in an informal or organized manner, to act for those who are abandoned or prosecuted by the State, even running the risk of being prosecuted for an offense of solidarity.

It must be repeated, once again, during these municipal elections, politicians are also lagging behind in the allocation of voting rights to non-EU foreign residents, which would be an important step towards equality.
Thus, since 1994, La Lettre de la citoyenneté has asked the same question by poll on the extension of the right to vote for municipal and European elections to non-EU foreigners. For 14 years, the majority of respondents have declared themselves favorably and today even more than yesterday: 62% for, 34% against (4)!
But there is worse ! British citizens residing in France had, since the Maastricht Treaty, the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal and European elections. Because of Brexit, they will not vote in the next municipal elections! Some of them were members of municipal councils. They cannot represent themselves!
They still live in the same commune. They did not resign. Why are they being punished? Are they less integrated today than yesterday? Have they deserved? Are they rejected by voters?
What do their fellow citizens of the commune think? They weren’t asked.

It is happy that people from immigrant backgrounds can become mayor, notably, important image, mayor of Paris. It is regrettable that, at the same time, probably for the first time, in France and in a democratic system, we endorse, in silence, a step back in the long march towards a truly universal suffrage.

1 – It should be noted that the President of the Republic, who considers the municipal elections as having no national impact, successively sent two ministers to attack the town hall of Paris.
2 – Le Parisien, 19 /02/20
3 – Elle, 08/07/19
4 – Lettre de la Citoyenneté,n°163, janvier-février 2020
 

 Résultts des sondages de la Lettre de la citoyenneté de 1994 à 2020

Results of the surveys of La Lettre de la citoyenneté from 1994 to 2020

The house where I died in the past (1)

La maison où je suis mort autrefois (1)

A young woman asks her former boyfriend to help her unravel her past and restore her memory. This quest could have turned into the warming of a relationship that is not completely forgotten. It will lead them to uncover a painful past and a criminal case more than twenty years old. Exceptional case in circumstances which are not specific to Japan.

The originality of the story is due, first of all, to the starting point of this detective story who is not a murder whose culprit must be found. But to the will of a woman who has no record, memory or photograph, of her early years, before entering primary school. With the feeling of being different. Which brought her closer to the author. And who wants to find the cause in the hope of freeing herself.
The two investigators are not the usual team consisting of an inspector or a private detective in duo with an assistant, confidant or argue. Here the classic work of police investigation combines the search for material clues and the insight of a young man helped by a young woman, object and subject participating in the investigation. Applicant, victim, essential witness, who must painfully extract scraps of memories from her brain. Who guide research. Which awaken new fragmentary memories…
They are both brought to search for a long day a dusty house, abandoned but which gives them the illusion of life when it is rich only traces of a reconstructed past which is not its. Which allows them to find a story that happened elsewhere!.

This double search in a house and a dead memory leads to reviving the trauma experienced in a criminal family situation. Where she wasn’t just a victim.

This house, more manufactured than real, allows a second birth, painful for the young woman. Painful because it is the backdrop, fictional, of the life and death of a family in which she is involved. A second birth that will allow her, perhaps, to go back into life with her rediscovered past, a modified, new, assumed identity … Far from her childhood, far from the house of the memory of her childhood.
Far from a house where she once died. A house the author knew. Perhaps also the reader. Because everyone has left the childhood for an adult life in a house. Everyone has to finally face it. Alone, inexorably alone.

This investigation, both police and psychological, aims to find the cause of a mental disorder which reveals a more or less voluntarilyn ignored criminal act, twenty-three years ago. In a complex social and national context: rigidity of education, pedophilia, Christian mythology.

For people who don’t intend to read the book.

Behind the police complexity of the genre-specific intrigue, the participating investigator, in search of facts, objective physical signs must find, in her erased memory, the hidden, unconscious but preserved part. As the police can find, on a hard disk, images or writings that the user believed to make disappear permanently.

As in any good detective story, the culprit or the guilty party is not necessarily the suspected or ultimately designated person. Here, there are even several culprits in the chain of events: the one who sets fire, the one who says "kill him", the one who destroyed his daughter by his touching and the grandfather who despised, rejected his son and replaced him in the education of his grandson.

The investigation takes place in a house which is only a reconstruction, dead, imperfect, populated with false souvenir objects, place of a reunion which can only be incomplete due to its imperfection. But which ultimately allows rebirth after such a long absence.

The ignorant reader is intrigued by the presence of crosses in a country where Catholicism concerns only a tiny minority. While this presence is not evident either during the events or during the life of the young investigators.
Diffuse presence of Christian myths? Contestation?

The investigation only exists out of the curiosity (the original sin?) Of the young woman who wants to find her missing childhood. This investigation leads, unexpectedly, to the induced death of three people: the hated father, the other, the only bad thief targeted by the fire, his son, the criminal, the good thief and the innocent, the daughter of the servants of the house. To save the really responsible girl, kill him, from her misfortune, the grandmother, who probably did not know this responsibility, decides to have her adopted by the couple of servants. But that will not save her. You cannot build on the death of an innocent (Christianity).

It is not adoption, it seems frequent in Japan, especially the adoption of adults, which is condemned. The hidden adoption? The two investigators are adopted children, which may explain the affinities of adolescents who feel different. But the young man knows, while the young woman ignores. And if the first one had badly supported this adoption, the second reacted to the drama, the adoption and the silence of his adoptive parents by amnesia. This revelation only partially releases it. 
They both stay in this house of their childhood which locks them in solitude. They will not build a common house

1 – The house where I once died of Keigo Higashimo. Translated from Japanese. Babel noir, Actes sud 2010

La maison où je suis mort autrefois (1)

A bulky hand (Henning Mankell)

Une main encombrante de Henning Mankell

A Bulky Hand is the twelfth and final novel in the series by Henning Mankell on the investigations of Inspector Kurt Wallander. This inspector he created and to whom he says he gave some resemblances to himself.


But beyond this narrative bias, the author lends to his hero feelings, behaviors of which it is not certain that it is only those of the inspector: the story takes place in 2002, the book is published in 2013 and, in January 2014, the author made public the condition he suffered from, advanced cancer, which prevailed in October 2015.
Coincidence? Premonition? Predicting fatigue? Did he already know?

Anyway, a good part of this brief novel relates as much to the life of the inspector as to the plot itself: his weariness of life, his advanced age, the difficulties of the profession, the politics of the figure , the new delinquency, the insufficiency of the means, the assessment of an honorable but dissatisfied life … The incapacity to change by a too late rupture, even for simple holidays in the sun

In his note Wallander and I, Mankell affirms two things which seem questionable on reading the novel.

– I think I can say that it has never happened that Willander takes a more important place than history … It is not sure that this is the case here and maybe even Mankell’s life more than that from Wallander …

– Racism is a crime against which he revolts. This gives a reflection between police officers on the little interest of the press and public opinion wheb two people disappeared…, tattares … But asks to be nuanced when reading the novel.

In this story, the place of women is politically correct: one, his hierarchical superior, is a woman but very competent, specifies Wallander, the other is a medical examiner and very reliable and Wallander’s own daughter works in the same police unit than her father.

But in the intrigue, clichés appear: a brawl between drunkards during which a Pole kills an inhabitant, disappearance of the couple of tattares who abandon a caravan, after a theft of which they fear the consequences, and who return under a false name , their granddaughter prostitute is suspected of robbery finally the investigation reveals that the drama of fifty years ago, took place in a family of foreigners, Estonians

It’s evident that Kurt Wallander is not a James Bond policeman. He is not a man of action called upon to confront high-flying brigands and international intrigue. In a world of his own where things change, neighborly relationships…, he works with a team: under the direction of Lisa Holgersson, with collaborators as needed: Morrisson his colleague but also Stina Hurlèn, forensic scientist, Stefan who look in the registers of civil status, Nyberg who searches the garden … And even his daughter, Linda who sometimes follows him.

He does not solve the problem with sagacity at Sherlock Homes. Rather through patient teamwork, forensic science, research in archives and outside information that advances the discovery of the solution.

The characters we know something about are alone: Wallander, separated, Linda to an intermittent lover, Ivar never had a wife, we don’t know much about Katja the young prostitute …

Finally, the story begins, on a Sunday morning, with the hope of finally finding the house of his dreams and closing in on it. It is the house where a parricide was committed and which made him know the greatest fear of his life, where he saw himself facing death.
Discovering something he had never experienced before, an exhilarating whiff of life that made him realize that, despite everything, he is still alive.

A bulky hand, Henning Mankell, 172 pages, Seuil, 2014, translated from Swedish.

Une main encombrante de Henning Mankell