Angry coffee makers and restaurateurs: Philippe Etchebest calls for demonstrations on Friday with a black armband


Blow of anger before Prime Minister Jean Castex receives this Tuesday morning, representatives of the hotel and restaurant sector in Matignon to try to reassure them. The total closure measures, in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Guadeloupe, and anticipated in eleven cities including Paris, for two weeks, have brought out of their hinges the professionals of the sector, Philippe Etchebest in the lead.

Monday evening, on France Info, the starred chef, known to the general public for his participation in the program “Cauchemar en cuisine” and “Top Chef”, called on his colleagues to show their anger and their concern, despite the government’s attempts to reassure the profession.

“Friday at 11:45 am, I invite all restaurateurs, artisans to gather in front of their establishment, their businesses with a black armband and all their staff because our staff, our teams are concerned”, launched the boss of the Fourth Wall, his restaurant in Bordeaux (Gironde).

“It is a pacifist action, without violence, no disobedience because I do not encourage that, it is just to show that we are there and that we are dying and that we must absolutely do something thing. We must make noise, show that we are there, that we are dying, ”defended Philippe Etchebest.

“All protocols, we respect them”

According to him, the two and a half months during which the restaurants were closed “will never be filled”. Etchebest had already given a rant to defend the bistros in the spring. Closed on March 17, like most economic activities, cafes and restaurants were able to reopen on June 2 in green areas. In Ile-de-France, Guyana and Mayotte, only terraces were authorized. In these three areas, restaurants were able to fully reopen on June 15. Distances of one meter between tables must since be respected, large tables are prohibited, and the mask is mandatory for staff, and for customers when they get up or stand.

“All the protocols that have been imposed on us, we respect them. Why would we be more dangerous than people who have family reunions in apartments or parties that take place outside as I can see very regularly? “, Was still annoyed the former rugby player.

The rate of Covid-19 positivity continues to increase in France, according to official figures released on Monday. 4,069 new hospitalizations were recorded over the last seven days, including 780 serious cases in intensive care and 81 people died in the last 24 hours – against 27 over the previous 24 hours. Cafetiers and restaurateurs do not understand why they are, by these closure measures, singled out as those responsible for the situation.

Thursday, in the 11th arrondissement, restaurateurs had already shown their anger. In Marseille, it was Friday and Monday. In Lille, they call to meet this Tuesday evening to denounce the “inconsistency” of this decision. It is also this Tuesday that the administrative court of Marseille must examine the appeal filed by the president LR of the Provence-Alpes-Côte D’Azur region Renaud Muselier.

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