Franceinfo’s 23h political duel opposed, Thursday, March 25, Sarah Paillou, journalist to the JDD, and Alexandre Peyrout, from the political service of France Televisions. The possibility of closing schools to counter the Covid-19 epidemic was at the heart of the debates.
While the Covid-19 epidemic is experiencing a worrying increase in several French departments and new restrictions have entered into force, schools remain, for the moment, open. “In principle, the executive does not exclude anything,” however recalls Sarah Paillou, of the Journal du dimanche. “But closing schools remains the last resort, which is done after trying everything. The government wants to give itself time to see if the measures taken last week are effective.”
“Closing schools is tantamount to reconfiguring the country, and it risks creating devastating damage to the economy,” adds Alexandre Peyrout, journalist in the political service of France Televisions. “Jean-Michel Blanquer has, in a way, won his political fight by having erected the non-closure of schools as a totem pole”, concludes Sarah Paillou.