The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced today the launch of a new military operation, named “Resilience”, which will be dedicated to supporting the fight against the coronavirus in the country, where there are already 1,331 dead.
This new device will be “completely aimed at the help and support of the population and public services to face the epidemic both in the metropolis and in the overseas territories, particularly in health, logistics and protection,” he said.
In this framework, he announced the deployment of two helicopter carriers, one in the southern Indian Ocean and the other in the Guiana area, to reinforce the action there.
This operation will be different from the “Sentinelle”, launched in January 2015, the same year as the Paris attacks, and focused on the fight against terrorism with some 10,000 military personnel deployed in the country, 3,000 of them in the reserve.
Macron visited the eastern city of Mulhouse today, located in one of the most affected regions of the country, and where a military hospital has been erected this week, which the head of state visited protected with a mask.
According to the latest figures, in France there are already 25,233 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 11,539 people hospitalized, 2,827 of them serious, and 1,331 deaths, of which 86% were over 70 years old.
The French president promised that when the current health crisis has passed, “a massive investment plan and career revaluation” will be launched in the hospital environment, as well as that an exceptional bonus, not specified, will be awarded to health personnel and mobilized officials.
Macron appealed to the unit against those who criticize the shortage of masks or test tests and advanced that this Friday he will bring together the set of social actors to see what is the best response that can be provided sector by sector.
They appeared on the same day that, in the framework of the health emergency bill promulgated this week, the Council of Ministers adopted 25 decrees, a record number since the establishment of the Fifth Republic in 1958.
French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe stressed to the media that these decrees seek to mitigate “the serious economic and social damage that confinement inevitably causes”, which began on March 17 and lasted an initial 15 days.
Among them is the creation of a solidarity fund of 1,000 million euros for small businesses, State guarantees of 300,000 million for business loans, or exceptions to the rules on the maximum duration of work in sectors such as transport or energy, which extend the current 48 hours a week.