The French prime minister who tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday was individually listed on social media as the main example of what should not be done in the pandemic
On November 16, in the enclosed space of the Paris Mayors’ Conference, multiple videos of unmasked Jean Castex shaking hands with elected officials are being widely spread. Angry users pointed out that this is contrary to the official line that everyone should continue to take precautions.
They also pointed out that when Castex himself failed to abide by the rules, he once called the French territory of Guadeloupe “irresponsible” in implementing COVID measures.
When the video first circulated, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal defended Castex. “We are all ordinary people,” he said.
But Castex’s positive test may embarrass the French government and President Emmanuel Macron before the April presidential election.
Castex’s office said the 52-year-old was infected by his 11-year-old daughter and is self-isolating for 10 days.
It is unclear whether Castex, who received the dual vaccine in the spring, has symptoms.
Experts say that Castex’s behavior shows more broadly that most people are now vaccinated and their vigilance has declined.
A well-known government figure, Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Bohn warned against complacency this month, acknowledging that “maybe we have made a mistake and the obstacle measures are not respected.”
In the year to August 2021, sales of masks in France fell by three-quarters.
But right now, the French media are focusing on Castex, pointing out that this is the fourth time Castex has become a “contact case” of the virus, although he has never tested positive before.
Due to the positive test results, several French ministers, including European Minister Clement Beaune (Clement Beaune), are in self-isolation awaiting test results. Born was also criticized for deleting a photo of him laughing on Instagram and leaning against Castex without a mask.