President Donald Trump “recommended” new limits on group gatherings and social distancing on Monday, reportedly in response to estimates contained in a British study that the number of deaths from the coronavirus could reach as high as 2.2 million in the U.S.
Sheri Fink, “White House Takes New Line After Dire Report on Death Toll; Federal guidelines warned against gatherings of more than 10 people as a London report predicted high fatalities in the U.S. without drastic action, ” New York Times, March 16, 2020.
Also on March 16, President Emmanuel Macron issued a call to arms against the coronavirus in France, placing the country on a virtual war footing. He announced a number of highly restrictive mandatory measures, which are to be enforced by criminal law. He also called for national unity and solidarity with those affected economically by the corona virus crisis, promising that the needs of all French citizens would be guaranteed and met by the State.
His speech was eloquent, and will go down in history. It demonstrated the kind of leadership which is sorely needed in the United States. In the age of Trump, one can only dream of such leadership in the United States.
The contrast between the responses of President Macron and his government and those of President Donald Trump and his administration is astounding, and should be studied very closely.
Cédric Pietralunga et Alexandre Lemarié, “« Nous sommes en guerre » : face au coronavirus, Emmanuel Macron sonne la « mobilisation générale »; L’épidémie s’étend de manière « inquiétante » et le chef de l’Etat a pris la décision de confiner l’ensemble des Français et de repousser le second tour des municipales,” Le Monde, le 17 mars 2020 (05h30, mis à jour à 05h42).
« Nous sommes en guerre » : le verbatim du discours d’Emmanuel Macron; Tandis que l’épidémie de Covid-19 progresse chaque jour en France, le président de la République a annoncé lundi soir une stricte restriction des déplacements pendant au moins quinze jours,” Le Monde, le 16 mars 2020 (21h04, mis à jour à 21h42).
This article contains a link to the video of President Macron’s speech.
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