Published On: Wed, May 20th, 2020

Macron fury: Fears French pupils returned to school too early as ‘danger hasn’t gone’ | World | News

The French President was forced to close some junior schools a week after they started reopening due to an uptick in coronavirus cases. Emmanuel Macron has now faced accusations for relaxing restrictions too soon. Mother-of-two, Tina Pamponeau, believes France will go back into lockdown but was opened up because it wasn’t financially suitable to keep schools closed.

Speaking to RT, Ms Pamponeau said: “They’ve been asking us if we want to send the kids back and I have mixed feelings.

“Everything just opened up. We’re continuing as we were for a few weeks to see what happens.

“I personally think we are going to end up back in lockdown.

“I don’t feel everything has opened up because the danger has gone.

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“I think it is because financially they can’t afford to keep it closed and everyone is losing their minds.

“But I think it has also opened up because now if a whole lot of people get ill there are beds and ventilators.”

Her comments come as President Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a plan to revive the EU after the pandemic.

Ms Merkel was already worried about the future of the Union after the coronavirus pandemic struck Europe in February, triggering a wave of deaths and crippling lockdowns.

A series of video calls between Merkel and Macron led to a plan for the European Commission, the EU executive, to borrow 500 billion euros (£448 billion) as common debt and transfer it to the regions and industries hit hardest.

It would be a top-up to the EU’s 2021-2027 budget, already close to €1trillion.

Diplomats in Brussels, Paris and Berlin familiar with the discussions said Merkel had dropped Germany’s long-held opposition to mutualising debt to fund other member states – when it became clear the EU itself was in peril.

The court ruling in effect put the onus on EU governments themselves to fund any fiscal response.

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