France’s ‘Deconfinement’ Plan

France has announced a carefully phased plan for easing the severe restrictions imposed in mid-March. The strategy is far more coherent, cautious and realistic than the miraculous ‘reopening’ envisioned by U.S. authorities.

On Tuesday, April 28, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe appeared before the French National Assembly to announce his government’s plan for releasing the French people from the confinement imposed on them since mid-March, when the severity of France’s COVID-19 problem first became apparent. The plan offers a tentative, reasonably detailed blueprint for rebuilding French social and economic life one step at a time.

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