Invited this Sunday of the BFMTV Political program - "Le Parisien", the Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, announced a return to normal for RATP train traffic this week, "100% of trains between early and mid-June and 100% of TGVs from June 24 ”.
The restriction of one seat out of two is lifted: "100% of the seats will be marketable, in rail and air, by mid-June, against 60% today", he said, ensuring that, despite "losses of 2.5 billion euros" related to containment, he invited the SNCF not to increase its prices this summer.
The Secretary of State for Transport is still aiming to maintain health distancing by ensuring that "the supply of trains exceeds demand". "Until then, continues the Secretary of State, we were at 60% of the offer for 20% of attendance, mid-June we think that the SNCF will have returned to 100% of its offer for 45 to 50% of attendance . We must allow the French to go on vacation, but we must also keep this high level of protection as long as the virus is actively circulating, ”he insisted.
Easing for certain countries "where demand is strong, like those of the Maghreb"
On the other hand, the employer's certificate remains compulsory in public transport in Ile-de-France and in major cities during peak hours (6 am - 9 am and 4 pm - 7 pm), "at least until 'to June 22,' he said again. A meeting with the region must quickly decide on the gradual reopening of metro stations, 62 of which are still closed in Ile-de-France, "he said.
Regarding major departures on vacation, the Secretary of State explained that "the Schengen area will probably reopen in mid-June", to allow intra-European travel. Finally, to harmonize the reopening of borders, a meeting is planned between European ministers on June 4.
For the particular case of Great Britain, France "will continue to align its system" with that imposed by London in the context of Brexit, namely for the time being, fourteen for all entrants. Beyond that, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari seemed open to a rapid relaxation of the rules with certain countries "where we see that demand is strong, like the Maghreb".
Asked about the other big files of the moment, the Secretary of State for Transport also revealed that Europe is working on the establishment of a "scrappage bonus" in the air sector in order to promote the modernization of fleets while reviving this industrial sector damaged by the crisis, like "Airbus which lost 35% of turnover", he specified.
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Finally, when asked about who will pay the huge bill for the crisis, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari believes that this must not go “either through tax increases or a reduction in public spending”, but through “a revival of the consumption ”and recourse to debt“ when money is cheap, debt can be paid off quickly ”.