“Well done the French!
This is what the Parisian headlined - Today in France on February 11.
It was a question of welcoming, just before the emergence of the third wave of the Covid, the respect of the health rules which made it possible in particular to keep the schools open.
Certainly, Emmanuel Macron then ended up setting up a re-containment, but the children hardly ever stopped going to class.
A unique case among the large European countries.
This ability to follow instructions is echoed in the Ifop survey devoted to the health pass, the tool intended to facilitate our movements and outings when returning to normal life. Not listening to criticism, the French are very clearly in favor of it, as they have become with regard to vaccines. For the latter, the turnaround is also spectacular: all age groups, starting with the 18-24 year-olds, are rushing to vaccinodromes.
In this troubled and traumatic period, behavioral differences such as rave parties, libertine parties or clandestine dinners have rightly been singled out. However, they remained epiphenomena. The overwhelming majority of our fellow citizens have shown impressive discipline and collective vigilance. What if, faced with the Covid, the refractory Gauls had become the Germans of Europe?
Be careful, the battle is not over. From May 19, date of the reopening of shops and terraces, caution must remain the rule. Not so simple, as the temptation to take advantage of the newfound freedom will be immense. Let us not forget that the virus still kills more than 200 people in France every day and that variants from abroad threaten to spread. Suddenly, the statement by US President Joe Biden proposing to vaccinated Americans to give up wearing masks indoors appears to say the least untimely and premature. The bad example?