France: PM Philippe defends country's handling of COVID-19 crisis

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe rejected criticism of the healthcare system's handling of the coronavirus epidemic when speaking at the French Senate in Paris on Tuesday. Philippe acknowledged that Germany had registered a lower number of cases and deaths, but suggested to wait for the full data to compare the reaction of the French healthcare system with other countries. He said he would... Еще have 'peace of mind' when the day came to assess France's handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking about a possible easing of the lockdown, he said that implementing the new measures will be 'difficult' and many actors will be involved. «It's not easy to control an epidemic, but we have to do it. [We have to] control it without any effective treatment, without a vaccine, without collective immunity. So it's a difficult job,» he stressed. On Monday, lawmakers voted 89 to 81 against the prime minister's lockdown lifting measure. The Senate vote was symbolic and is not expected to disrupt the government's plans, which are set to take effect on May 11. Mandatory credit: Assemblée nationale
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