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LIVE – Macron promises massive plan for hospital

Emmanuel Macron promised the establishment of a “massive investment and upgrading plan for all careers” for the hospital, once the coronavirus crisis passed on Wednesday during a visit to Mulhouse. Paying tribute to the nursing staff, the Head of State has sworn to be “at the rendezvous of what we owe, beyond this recognition and respect”. “This response will be deep and lasting,” he said.

Speaking of Mulhouse, one of the regions most affected by the coronavirus epidemic, the President of the Republic also announced the launch by the army of an operation “Resilience” devoted to aid and support populations as well as in support of public services, in particular in the health, logistics and protection fields.

Emmanuel Macron also announced that he would bring together unions and employers on Friday to “organize work” and “better protect at work”. “Friday, I will bring together all the social partners, and a lot of work has been done in recent days to, sector by sector, provide the best answers, to organize work, to better protect at work,” said M. Macron after a visit to the military field hospital in Mulhouse.

The circulation of the coronavirus is accelerating in France, with more than 1,000 dead since the start of the epidemic and medical staff more than ever under stress, to whom the president paid tribute during a trip to the East. The director general of public assistance – Paris Hospitals Martin Hirsch launched on Wednesday a call for the requisition of nursing staff and for a “recognition”, perhaps in the form of bonuses, for the “superhuman” effort of the staff, a few hours before Emmanuel Macron's visit to a field hospital in Mulhouse.

The president wishes to “pay tribute to the nursing staff” and “show solidarity with the Grand Est region”, which is facing a health situation that has become critical as evidenced by the unprecedented decision to evacuate 20 patients on board a medical TGV.

Objective: to unclog the hospitals of the Grand Est, close to the rupture in front of the increasing influx of patients, and to transfer patients to regions less affected by the epidemic.

The situation is also critical in Ile-de-France, underlined Martin Hirsch on Franceinfo, while the hospitals of the AP-HP have crossed the threshold of 1,600 hospitalized patients.

It is a “pivotal” moment, one where all actions “count not to break the mouth,” said the boss of the largest French hospital group.

According to the assessment of health authorities on Tuesday evening, 1,100 deaths were recorded in the hospital and 2,516 patients were on Tuesday evening in intensive care (+434) out of a total of 10,176 hospitalized patients.

An official assessment lower than the reality since the deaths in hospital environment “represent only a small part of the mortality” in the country, noted Pr Jérôme Salomon, director general of Health, evoking the situation in the Ehpad where a “daily monitoring of mortality” will be introduced.

Follow the evolution of the crisis live on Wednesday 25 March

7:30 p.m. – 231 new deaths recorded in French hospitals

French hospitals have recorded 1,331 deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the epidemic, or 231 new deaths in 24 hours, announced Wednesday the Director General of Health, Jérôme Salomon. France has 25,233 cases confirmed by PCR test, 11,539 hospitalized people including 2,827 serious cases in intensive care, he added.

6:00 p.m. – 683 new deaths in 24 hours in Italy

Italy has registered an additional 683 coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours, bringing the total to 7,503 dead, Civil Protection said Wednesday, an increase of 10% in one day. The day before, the country most affected by the epidemic in the world had recorded an additional 743 deaths. The total number of confirmed cases increased from 69,176 to 74,386. The progression is less than 8%. At the same time, the country has 3,489 patients in intensive care, compared to 3,396 the day before. Conversely, the number of patients cured increased by a thousand, to 9,362 against 8,326 the day before.

5:45 p.m. – Macron begins his visit to the Mulhouse Field Military Hospital

Emmanuel Macron arrived Wednesday afternoon at the Mulhouse Field Military Hospital, installed this week in the parking lot of a hospital center in the city submerged by victims of the coronavirus, in the Great East particularly affected by the epidemic. Arrived around 5.30 p.m., the head of state immediately put on a mask before starting a visit of about three hours, during which he will exchange with the main actors of the management of the crisis – elected officials, hospital staff of the Mulhouse hospital. This set of gray tents and its team of a hundred caregivers can treat 30 patients simultaneously. Already 10 patients are hospitalized there.

5:00 p.m. – Orly Airport temporarily closed from March 31

Orly Airport will be temporarily closed to commercial traffic from March 31 at 11:59 p.m. due to the “major and brutal” collapse of traffic following traffic restrictions related to coronavirus, Group management announced on Wednesday ADP.

“Yesterday we had -92% passenger traffic at Orly and -89% at Charles-de-Gaulle” against -75% at Orly and -70% at Charles-de-Gaulle last week, explained to of journalists the director general of the airport manager Edward Arkwright.

4.45 p.m. – New negative screening for Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's second screening was negative, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. The leader was placed in quarantine on Sunday after being in contact with a doctor infected with the coronavirus and will remain in this state until she undergoes a new test, early next week. This Wednesday, it was his Minister of Finance who addressed Parliament to convince the deputies to approve the stimulus plan drawn up by the government.

4:10 p.m. – Iran in its 40s?

After having done everything to avoid it, the Iranian authorities seem to resign themselves to having to impose quarantine or containment measures on Wednesday to try to halt the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic. With more than 2,000 deaths from the disease and an ever-increasing number of infections, now approaching 30,000 cases, according to official figures, Iran is one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic, with the Spain, Italy and China.

The government has so far refused to impose containment or quarantine measures, as many other countries have done, saying it fears that this would cause disaster for the national economy, already extremely weakened by US sanctions .

3:50 p.m. – Russia: Putin postpones April 22 referendum

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that the referendum on constitutional reforms originally scheduled for April 22 will be postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The reforms, already approved by Parliament and the Constitutional Court, soften the rules governing the number of presidential terms and would allow him to run again in 2024 and 2030.

“We are seeing how the coronavirus epidemic is growing around the world. In many countries, the number of cases continues to grow, the global economy is under threat,” said Vladimir Putin in a television address. “The top priority for us is the health, life and safety of people. So I think the vote should be postponed to a later date,” he added, without giving further details.

3:20 p.m. – “All of humanity” threatened, says UN in launching humanitarian plan

The Covid-19 pandemic “threatens all of humanity,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, launching a “Global Humanitarian Response Plan” extending through December, with a call for donations up to $ 2 billion.

The objective of this plan “is to enable us to fight the virus in the poorest countries in the world and meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including women and children, the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill “said the UN chief in a video statement.

2:55 p.m. – Announcement “in the coming days” on a new duration of confinement

Government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said Wednesday that the executive would announce “in the coming days” its decision on a possible extension of the containment in France, after the advice of the scientific council suggesting “at least six weeks” in total.

“We believe that the containment should last as long as it takes. We will announce in the coming days how we intend to implement the recommendations of the Scientific Council” of the executive on Covid-19, said the spokeswoman after the Council of Ministers. The containment began on March 17.

2:45 pm – The impact of the coronavirus in the United States “decisive” for the French economy

The impact of the coronavirus in the United States will be “decisive” for French growth in 2020, said Wednesday the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, during the report of the Council of Ministers.

“The impact also of this health crisis on one of our major trading partners, which is the United States, will be decisive for the shock to French growth in 2020,” he said.

2:30 p.m. – Madrid buys sanitary equipment from China for 432 million euros

Spain, which has surpassed China in the number of deaths from the coronavirus, has ordered from Beijing for 432 million sanitary materials to cope with the pandemic, announced the Minister of Health Salvador Illa.

This contract covers the acquisition of 550 million masks, 5.5 million rapid tests, 950 respirators and 11 million gloves in order to compensate for the lack of protective equipment in the country which, with 3,434 dead, is now the second country with the most victims in the world behind Italy.

“Whole production chains (in China) will work completely for the Spanish government,” said the minister.

This material will be delivered “every week. There will be a major first delivery at the end of the week,” he said, explaining that the signing of this contract followed a telephone conversation last week between the head of the Spanish government Pedro Sanchez and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The government of Mr. Sanchez is criticized by different Spanish regions and medical associations for the lack of protective equipment for healthcare workers, more than 5,400 of whom have been infected with the virus.

2:15 p.m. – The SNCF reduces the TGV offer, stops Ouigo

The SNCF will cut in half from Friday the circulation of its TGV and Intercités, to 7% of the usual offer, and will suspend its low-cost Ouigo service, it said on Wednesday, in accordance with government announcements .

“The reduction in the number of trains makes it possible to continue to provide essential travel for travelers with legitimate reasons for traveling, while fighting the spread of the virus,” the company said in a statement. The SNCF indicated that it would post the mainline trains scheduled to run during the weekend (Friday to Sunday) at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

It is for the Secretary of State for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, who had announced this new reduction in traffic Tuesday evening, to “reduce the supply of passenger transport, (…) maintain it at a level allowing the continuity of services essential to the life of the Nation, and (…) to do so under the best possible sanitary conditions “.

The number of passengers is limited on board, to leave enough space between people. The canceled tickets will all be reimbursed free of charge, according to SNCF.

2:10 p.m. – A record of 25 ordinances adopted to prepare for “the long effort” of France

“It is a long effort which we will all face together,” assured Edouard Philippe on Wednesday, after a Council of Ministers during which 25 ordinances, a record under the Fifth Republic, were adopted in the health emergency.

“It is the health emergency which animates all minds today, but it is also, and it will be more and more, an economic shock, a social shock: we are only at the beginning of the crisis” , warned the Prime Minister before detailing the content of the orders whose number “in the same Council of Ministers is historic”.

“This is a sign that the emergency dictates its law,” observed the head of government, according to whom “our country is today legally armed to organize a state of health emergency”.

The texts are intended in particular to mitigate “the serious economic and social damage that inevitably causes the confinement” started eight days ago, continued Mr. Philippe, surrounded by several of his ministers.

As expected, this includes “the creation of the solidarity fund endowed with a billion euros” oriented towards “very small businesses, micro-businesses and self-employed”, aid for the travel sector or an adaptation of the rules of public contracts and the deployment of electronic communication networks to strengthen them more quickly.

2:05 p.m. – Macron thanks the cashiers

Emmanuel Macron retweeted Wednesday morning the testimony of a large surface cashier very moved by the recognition of the public, to say “thank you” and promise to provide masks and hydroalcoholic gel.

“Thank you madam. It is thanks to you and your colleagues that we can all together fight COVID-19. To ensure your safety, the country is making an unprecedented effort to produce masks and gels”, said commented in his tweet the head of state, who for a few days has been relaying anonymous publications on his account to show the country's solidarity.

Sunday evening, he retweeted, without comment, a viral video which showed the applause on the balcony “for the hospital staff but also for the deliverers, bakers and all those who keep the country alive”.

The head of state has increased the number of trips in recent days to show himself on the ground in front of the actors who are fighting against the epidemic, by going to the Pasteur Institute on Friday with researchers and then Monday in a hotel requisitioned for the homeless .

He is expected on Wednesday afternoon in the field hospital which has been set up near Mulhouse to relieve hospitals overwhelmed by the outbreak of the epidemic in the Grand Est.

1:55 p.m. – The popularity of Macron and Philippe up sharply during the health crisis

The popularity of Emmanuel Macron (+14) and Edouard Philippe (+13) is rising sharply, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, according to an Ipsos poll published Wednesday. With 44% of positive judgments on his action, the Head of State finds a level of satisfaction that he had not reached since the very beginning of his five-year term, in July 2017. A small majority (51%, -12 points in a month) still judge its action unfavorably, according to this survey conducted for Le Point.

The rating of Edouard Philippe jumps in parallel with 42% (+13) of positive opinions on his action, against 52% (-11) of contrary opinion. The Prime Minister has reached his best level since taking office. According to Ipsos, the rise in popularity of Emmanuel Macron expresses “the rallying of the French behind the executive” in times of crisis. It is comparable to that of François Hollande after the attacks in 2015 (+17 to 20 points) and Jacques Chirac (+15) after those of September 11, 2011.

Among other political figures, several highly exposed ministers are on the rise: Jean-Yves Le Drian (38%, +8), Bruno Le Maire (35%, +12), Jean-Michel Blanquer (29%, +12) or Christophe Castaner (29%, +10). The Minister of Health Olivier Véran obtains 32% of favorable opinion.

1:50 p.m. – In Nancy, curfew and regrouping prohibited beyond two people

The mayor (MR) of Nancy Laurent Hénart announced Wednesday the establishment of a curfew of 22H00 and 05H00 from Friday and the prohibition of the regrouping of more than two people older than ten years. “The establishment of a curfew in the town every evening from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.” will begin on Friday to “guarantee the safety of residents and the most respected confinement possible,” announced Mr. Hénart during a press point on a social network.

“To allow the police to enforce these rules, I made the decision to prohibit during the day, on the perimeter of the commune of Nancy, any grouping of more than two people aged over 10 years on the public space, “he added in a statement. These restrictions “will last as long as the national containment measure is in force,” he said.

The mayor asked the prefect of Meurthe-et-Moselle “to take the decree allowing the implementation of this device,” he said.

1:40 p.m. – Only 10% of demand for medical equipment covered in the EU

Normal capacities of European Union member states can only meet 10% of demand for protective equipment and other medical devices such as artificial respirators, which exploded due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a document internal Commission that Reuters was able to see Wednesday.

According to the Commission's estimates, “traditional supply chains can only meet around 10% of demand”.

1:10 p.m. – France “not ready” to face coronavirus for 73% of French people

More and more French people think that France is not ready to face the coronavirus (73%) and less than half now trust the executive to manage the crisis, according to an Elabe poll released Wednesday .

Nearly nine out of ten respondents (87%) now say they are worried about the spread of the virus, six points more in a week.

And the feeling that France is not ready to face the crisis is now shared by 73% (+16) of the French, against 26% (-17) of a contrary opinion, according to this survey for BFMTV.

A majority of them (56%, +14) now consider that the file is “badly managed” by Emmanuel Macron, Edouard Philippe and the government, against 44% (-13) of an opposite opinion.

Consequently, confidence in the executive to fight the epidemic becomes a minority: only 48% (-11) trust it, against 52%, or 12 points more since March 12/13, which don't trust him.

12.50 p.m. – Nine European countries call for joint borrowing against the coronavirus

The leaders of nine European countries, including the Frenchman Emmanuel Macron and the Italian Giuseppe Conte, called for the creation of corona bonds, in order to have significant funds in the face of the health crisis, in a letter addressed to the President of the European Council on Wednesday Charles Michel.

“We must work on a common debt instrument issued by a European institution to raise funds on the market (…) for the benefit of all the Member States (…) to deal with the damage caused by the coronavirus”, write these leaders, in a letter obtained by AFP.

This letter, addressed to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, on the eve of the European Summit by videoconference dedicated essentially to the fight against the coronavirus, is also signed by the Heads of State and Government of Spain, Greece, Ireland , Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Portugal.

Pooling the debts of European countries is frequently requested by particularly indebted countries in southern Europe, such as Italy, but it is rejected by the northern countries.

The latter, like Germany and the Netherlands, more virtuous in budgetary matters, have always observed with distrust the southern states, which they consider more lax, especially since the debt crisis in the euro zone.

11.50 a.m. – The death toll in Spain exceeds that of China with 3,434 deaths

The number of deaths in Spain due to the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday exceeded that of mainland China with 3,434 deaths, according to figures published by the authorities.

In one day, 738 deaths were notified in Spain, a very strong acceleration compared to the 514 deaths recorded between Monday and Tuesday. Only Italy now has more coronavirus deaths worldwide.

11.40 a.m. – The State Council re-approached by two healthcare unions

Two unions of doctors and nurses seized the Council of State to demand in particular “means of massive detection” of the coronavirus and the prescription of chloroquine “with the patients at risk”, this request having to be examined Thursday.

After the interns and young doctors who demanded last week a “total containment”, the Syndicate of doctors of Aix and region (Smaer) and the liberal nurses of Infin'idels have instituted proceedings for interim measures before the highest administrative jurisdiction.

In this document, of which AFP has obtained a copy, they denounce a “manifestly unlawful interference by the government with the right (s) to life, physical integrity, health … freedom to exercise the profession of doctor, freedom to undertake (and) the precautionary principle “.

To “put an end to this situation”, they ask for the exhaustive requisition of the respiratory protection masks FFP2 and FFP3, including the “reserves of individuals and companies”, in order to provide this equipment “to doctors and health professionals alone”.

11:30 am – Prince Charles tested positive for new coronavirus

Prince Charles, heir to the throne in the United Kingdom, has been infected with the new coronavirus, ITV reported on Wednesday, citing the royal house.

The Prince of Wales is 71 years old.

His wife Camilla has also been tested but is not a carrier of the virus, adds ITV.

“Prince Charles and Camilla have put themselves in solitary confinement in their Burnham home on the Balmoral estate in Scotland,” said the royal affairs specialist for the chain.

11.15 a.m. – Putin to address Russians on Wednesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the nation on Wednesday in connection with the coronavirus epidemic, a very rare exercise in Russia.

“It is a necessity that emerged after a meeting lasting several hours yesterday (…) because of the not simple situation which was caused by the coronavirus,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, adding: “the speech will be broadcast on television in the coming hours.”

10:55 a.m. – The Senate will “fully” exercise its power of control

Gérard Larcher promised Wednesday that the Senate would “fully” exercise its “power of control” over the texts establishing a state of health emergency in France, and judged that it would be necessary to “learn the lessons of the crisis”

“We asked to follow the implementation of these exceptional measures which is the state of emergency because we see that a certain number of measures are derogatory to individual and collective freedoms”, assured the president LR of Senate on France Inter.

In particular with regard to the use of personal data, via possible tracing of mobile phones, despite the “exceptions” provided for by law “we cannot enter into measures of this nature without a prior debate before Parliament”, he warned.

“We will fully exercise our power of control” and “if necessary, we will verify the constitutionality” of the law establishing a state of health emergency, he promised.

10:40 am – Real estate: brake on first-time buyers

Mortgage loan rates will remain low, but the conditions for granting loans will remain strict. For first-time buyers, it's the cold shower. In a few days, the crisis linked to the Covid-19 epidemic put a stop to their dreams of home ownership…

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10:35 am – CFDT calls on companies not to pay dividends

The CFDT called on major French groups on Wednesday not to pay dividends this year, which would be a gesture of national solidarity from shareholders to face the economic crisis linked to the coronavirus.

“Many employees, to ensure continuity of service, must adapt in sometimes difficult conditions. In this context, it would be incomprehensible if the shareholders do not also make an effort,” writes the first French union.

“Companies and especially large groups must fully participate in national solidarity. It would indeed be neither reasonable nor responsible for companies to pay dividends to their shareholders as if nothing had happened,” insists the union.

He “appeals to reason and decency. Beyond the health crisis, 2020 should not be, moreover, marked by the disconnection of big companies”.

Those of the CAC 40 paid last year “nearly 50 billion to their shareholders”. “The year 2020 presented itself under the same auspices, certain large French groups announced that they would not pay dividends to their shareholders. Others still seem to wonder,” notes the CFDT, for whom “the time is no longer hesitant “.

10.32 am – Ebetween 100 and 150 Ehpad already affected in Ile-de-France

Between 100 and 150 nursing homes in Ile-de-France are already affected by the coronavirus epidemic, said on Wednesday the president of the French Hospital Federation (FHF), according to whom the exact extent of the phenomenon at national level is this stage unknown.

“We know that in Ile-de-France, out of the 700 Ehpad (accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people, note), there are approximately between 100 and 150 who could already be affected by Covid-19 “, declared on franceinfo Frédéric Valletoux.

But “we do not have aggregated figures” on the people affected by the coronavirus in nursing homes and “we do not know exactly what the real situation is,” continued the president of the FHF, an organization comprising 1,000 public hospitals and 3,800 Public nursing homes.

“We do not know today how to measure the extent of the damage in retirement homes, you have to be lucid to say it,” insisted Frédéric Valletoux, referring to “a gray area”. Nevertheless, “we have testimonies of a very tense situation,” he added.

Several dozen deaths have been reported in recent days in nursing homes, hit hard by the epidemic, despite a strict confinement of residents. At this stage, no overall assessment of the victims has been communicated by the authorities for these establishments.

10:30 a.m. – Toubon calls for a public debate on freedoms

Defender of rights Jacques Toubon asked Wednesday for the organization of a public debate on freedoms in France after the adoption on Sunday of the health emergency bill giving a legal framework to government choices related to the epidemic of coronavirus.

“We need a public debate on freedoms, the rule of law is something that belongs to all of us and we should not waste it without asking questions,” he said on franceinfo.

10:25 a.m. – The Paris Stock Exchange continues to recover, supported by the American plan (+ 2.71%)

The Paris Stock Exchange was still sailing in the green on Wednesday morning (+ 2.71%), after its takeoff from the previous day, supported by an agreement in the United States on a plan to support the American economy by $ 2.000 billion facing to the coronavirus crisis.

At 9.50 a.m. (08.50 GMT), the CAC 40 index gained 115.12 points to 4.357.82 points. The day before, it had climbed 8.39%.

The market started the session up “in the wake of the best day for the Dow Jones since 1933, its largest advance (in points) in its history and the largest volume ever known”, explained in a note John Plassard , investment specialist at Mirabaud.

The Parisian place had taken off Tuesday, stimulated by the new burst of measures announced by the American Central Bank. These measures include unlimited purchase of bonds as well as various mechanisms for direct assistance to businesses, including SMEs.

“Icing on the cake, a compromise was signed overnight (Tuesday to Wednesday, editor's note) between Democrats and Republicans on a plan to support the US economy of $ 2,000 billion in the face of the coronavirus pandemic”, a underlined Mr. Plassard.

10:20 a.m. – Policewoman seriously injured during confinement check

A 23-year-old policewoman was seriously wounded in the head Tuesday in Beauvais (Oise) by a brick throw during a control related to containment, we learned Wednesday from concordant sources. Tuesday, around 5.30 p.m., in the city of the Roseraie in Beauvais, the police noticed a group of ten people, a police source told AFP. As they prepare to check the displacement certificates, the police say they have been hit by projectiles, one of them reaching the policewoman.

Suffering from a cranial hematoma, she was transported to the hospital of Amiens where she was operated. At 11 p.m., his condition was judged stable and his life prognosis was not engaged, according to the same source. Two brothers, 22 and 17 years old, were arrested. They are still in police custody, suspected of contempt and rebellion, according to the Beauvais prosecution.

10:15 am – Plus de 170.000 bénévoles recrutés en Grande-Bretagne

Plus de 170.000 personnes se sont portées volontaires pour aider les services sanitaires britanniques à faire face à l'épidémie de coronavirus, a annoncé mercredi un représentant du National Health Service (NHS).

Le gouvernement et le NHS avaient lancé quelques heures plus tôt un appel pour recruter 250.000 bénévoles afin d'assurer les approvisionnements en nourriture ou en médicaments, le transport des patients et de téléphoner aux personnes isolées.

“En période de crise, les gens font corps. Il s'agit d'une urgence sanitaire et tout le monde peut jouer un rôle”, a souligné Stephen Powis, directeur du NHS pour l'Angleterre, au micro de la BBC.

10h00 – Le Parlement britannique mis en pause pour un mois

Le Parlement britannique s'apprête à fermer ses portes mercredi soir pour près d'un mois, les députés étant renvoyés chez eux une semaine plus tôt que prévu pour la pause de Pâques en raison de la pandémie de nouveau coronavirus.

Le gouvernement, qui dispose d'une large majorité, a déposé une motion à la chambre basse du parlement, proposant de fermer l'institution jusqu'au 21 avril.

Pour le ministre du Logement Robert Jenrick, interrogé sur la BBC, c'est une décision “raisonnable” compte tenu des mesures prises par le gouvernement pour freiner la propagation de la pandémie.

Le Premier ministre britannique Boris Johnson a décrété lundi un confinement de la population du Royaume-Uni pour au moins trois semaines, ordonnant aussi la fermeture de tous les magasins et services non essentiels.

9h53 – Lagardère suspend ses objectifs et réduit son projet de dividende

Le groupe Lagardère a prévenu mercredi qu'il suspendait ses objectifs financiers pour 2020 et qu'il diminuait de 30 centimes la proposition de dividende qu'il soumettra à ses actionnaires, en raison de l'extension de l'épidémie de Covid-19 qui touche désormais toutes ses activités.

Après s'être fait sentir sur ses activités de distribution dans les transports en Asie et dans les aéroports internationaux, “les effets de l'épidémie se sont depuis étendus aux autres opérations de la branche Lagardère Travel Retail et, à un degré moindre, à l'ensemble des autres activités du Groupe, compte tenu de la propagation rapide de l'épidémie et des mesures gouvernementales de fermeture et de confinement prises dans les nombreux pays dans lesquels le Groupe opère”, explique le groupe dans un communiqué.

Lagardère avait initialement prévu fin février une progression de son résultat opérationnel entre 4% et 6% à taux de change constant et anticipé que l'impact de la crise liée au coronavirus pèserait au premier trimestre environ 20 millions d'euros.

9h43 – A Paris, l'appel à la responsabilité du premier adjoint d'Anne Hidalgo

Limitation des sorties sportives, fermeture des marchés ouverts… Autant de décisions qui permettront d'enrayer le nombre de transmissions, selon le premier adjoint d'Anne Hidalgo, Emmanuel Grégoire, qui prévient: le respect du confinement est le meilleur moyen “de sortir le plus rapidement possible de la crise”.

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9h38 – La filière de la pêche, à l'arrêt, appelle l'Etat à l'aide

La filière française de la pêche, désormais à l'arrêt en raison des risques liés à l'épidémie de Covid-19 et aux manques de débouchés pour ses produits, a besoin du soutien de l'Etat, a affirmé mercredi le président du Comité régional des pêches de Bretagne, Olivier Le Nézet.

“Je dis à l'Etat +donnez-nous les moyens (…) pour sécuriser au maximum les équipages+”, a déclaré sur RTL Olivier Le Nézet, président du Comité régional des pêches de Bretagne, une région qui assure la moitié des captures françaises.

Outre des masques chirurgicaux, il faut aussi “qu'on puisse avoir accès à des tests avant l'embarquement pour rassurer les marins qui partent en mer”, parfois pour plusieurs jours, a-t-il détaillé.

9h32 – Un syndicat de police appelle à ne pas verbaliser

Le syndicat Unsa Police a appelé les policiers à ne pas effectuer de contrôles sur le respect des règles de confinement pour endiguer la propagation du Covid-19 en l'absence de moyens de protection.

Dans un communiqué diffusé mardi soir et intitulé “droit d'alerte”, le syndicat estime que “le ministère de l'Intérieur doit en sa qualité d'employeur protéger ses agents”. “Au ministère de l'Intérieur, ça tourne en rond, rien n'avance! C'est scandaleux!”.

“Pas de protection implique pas de contrôle, pas de verbalisation, pas d'accueil dans les services”, prévient l'Unsa police.

Plusieurs syndicats de police ont fait part de leur inquiétude devant le manque de moyens de protection pour les agents. L'un d'eux, Alternative, a réclamé en outre la généralisation de l'instauration du couvre-feu.

9h30 – La Bourse de Paris ouvre en hausse de 2,29% à 4.339,71 points

The Paris Stock Exchange opened up more than 2% Wednesday morning, after flying the day before, thanks to an agreement in the United States on a plan to support the American economy of $ 2,000 billion facing the coronavirus crisis.

At 09:20 (08:20 GMT), the CAC 40 index gained 96.64 points to 4.339.13 points. The day before, it had climbed 8.39% to 4,242.70 points.

8h50 – L'absence de réponse sous 48h vaudra acceptation du chômage partiel

L'Etat devra donner une réponse en 48 heures aux demandes de chômage partiel, délai au-delà duquel l'absence de réponse vaudra acceptation, a annoncé mercredi la ministre du Travail Muriel Pénicaud.

La réponse “est dans les 48 heures, si dans les 48 heures vous n'avez pas de réponse, c'est accepté”, a-t-elle déclaré sur Europe 1.

Depuis le début de l'épidémie de coronavirus, qui a entraîné le confinement de la population en France et bouleversé le fonctionnement des services publics et l'économie, 730.000 salariés ont été mis en chômage partiel pour un coût total de 2,2 milliards d'euros, selon le ministère de l'Economie et des Finances.

Le dispositif de “chômage partiel” prévoit une indemnisation des salariés correspondant à 70% de leur rémunération brute horaire et une allocation pour les entreprises – 7,74 euros par heure chômée pour celles employant jusqu'à 250 salariés et de 7,23 euros pour celles comptant 251 salariés et plus.

8h15 – La Bourse de Tokyo dopée par l'accord sur le plan de relance américain

Très dynamique dès l'ouverture des échanges mercredi, la Bourse de Tokyo a accéléré au fil de la séance pour terminer sur un nouveau gain spectaculaire, dans la foulée de l'accord aux Etats-Unis sur un plan de relance titanesque.

L'indice vedette Nikkei a fini sur un bond de 8,04% à 19.546,63 points (+1.454,28 points), sa plus forte hausse en pourcentage depuis octobre 2008, et alors qu'il avait déjà bondi de plus de 7% la veille.

L'indice élargi Topix a quant à lui décollé de 6,87% à 1.424,62 points mercredi.

8h00 – Martin Hirsch réclame la réquisition de soignants et des primes

Le cap des 1.000 patients infectés par le coronavirus se trouvant dans un état grave a été franchi dans les hôpitaux d'Ile-de-France, a annoncé mercredi le directeur général de l'Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Martin Hirsch, qui a lancé un “appel à l'aide”.

“Aujourd'hui j'ai besoin de quatre assurances fortes”, a-t-il déclaré alors que les hôpitaux de l'AP-HP ont dépassé le seuil de 1.600 malades hospitalisés. “La première c'est que je puisse, face à chaque malade grave, mettre un respirateur. Je ne veux pas qu'on connaisse les difficultés qu'on a connues sur les masques sur les respirateurs qui permettent de sauver des vies”.

“La deuxième chose: on a besoin de tout le personnel, qu'il soit volontaire, ou qu'on fasse appel à la réquisition, et mon troisième point, je n'en parle que rarement, mais on a aujourd'hui des soignants qui font des efforts qu'on peut qualifier simplement de surhumains, il faut qu'on ait les assurances qu'ils auront la reconnaissance. Je ne sais pas si c'est des primes, c'est moral, et c'est pour le moral des troupes”, a-t-il poursuivi.

“Et puis quatrième chose: c'est les médicaments. Il faut qu'entre les industriels, les pouvoirs publics et nous, on ait les assurances qu'on ne soit pas en manque de médicaments”. “On est en ce moment, je sais pas comment le qualifier, le moment de charnière”, celui où toutes les actions “comptent pour ne pas de casser la gueule”, a conclu le patron du plus grand groupe hospitalier français.

7h35 – La France annonce un soutien de 4 milliards d'euros pour les start-up

La France a annoncé mercredi un plan de près de quatre milliards d'euros pour soutenir la trésorerie de ses start-up face à la crise provoquée par l'épidémie de coronavirus qui a mis l'économie du pays quasiment à l'arrêt.

“J'annonce aujourd'hui un plan de 4 milliards d'euros avec BpiFrance et SGPI avenir pour soutenir la trésorerie de nos start-up en cette période de crise”, a indiqué le secrétaire d'Etat français chargé du Numérique, Cédric O, sur son compte Twitter.

“Financement de bridges entre levées de fonds, prêts de trésorerie garantis par l'État avec des critères spécifiques pour les start-up et versement accéléré du CIR 2019 et des aides à l'innovation : ce sont près de quatre milliards d'euros dont pourront bénéficier les start-up pour leur trésorerie”, a-t-il ajouté.

7h30 – Elie Cohen décrypte l'ampleur du choc du coronavirus

C'est l'un de nos meilleurs économistes, fin analyste des crises et de l'industrie. Il a fait partie des experts consultés par Bruno Le Maire, le ministre de l'Economie, pour élaborer son vaste plan de sauvetage. Elie Cohen décrypte l'ampleur du choc du coronavirus, qui risque d'être encore plus important qu'en 1929. Et analyse la riposte des Etats.

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7h01 – Forte amélioration de la qualité de l'air en région parisienne

Les mesures de confinement pour lutter contre le coronavirus ont permis une nette amélioration de la qualité de l'air dans l'agglomération parisienne dès la première semaine, selon un premier bilan d'Airparif publié mercredi.

Sur la semaine du 16 au 20 mars, comparé à d'autres mois de mars, Airparif a relevé “une amélioration de la qualité de l'air de l'ordre de 20 à 30% dans l'agglomération parisienne, consécutive à une baisse des émissions de plus de 60% pour les oxydes d'azote”, selon un communiqué. “Malgré une augmentation du chauffage résidentiel, cette baisse est liée en grande partie à la forte diminution du trafic routier et aérien”, avec la mise en place du confinement depuis mardi midi.

“Le long des axes de circulation, cet impact peut être encore plus important”, relève l'association de surveillance de la qualité de l'air en Ile-de-France. Les niveaux de mesure rejoignent ceux d'habitude enregistrés dans les parcs. “En 40 ans de mesure d'Airparif, cette situation n'est jamais arrivée de manière aussi importante et sur autant de stations”.

5h54 – Accord sur un plan de relance de 2.000 milliards de dollars

Le chef de la majorité républicaine au Sénat américain a annoncé mercredi être parvenu à un accord sur un plan “historique” de 2.000 milliards de dollars avec les démocrates et la Maison Blanche pour relancer la première économie mondiale, durement frappée par la pandémie de coronavirus.

“Après des jours de discussions intenses, le Sénat est parvenu à un accord entre les deux partis (démocrate et républicain, ndlr) sur un plan historique de soutien face à cette pandémie. Nous approuverons ce texte plus tard aujourd'hui”, a déclaré le sénateur républicain Mitch McConnell dans l'hémicycle. L'accord devra ensuite être adopté par la Chambre des représentants, contrôlée par les démocrates, avant d'être promulgué par le président américain, Donald Trump.

2h46 – Bolsonaro rejette le confinement qui menace de ruiner le Brésil

Le président du Brésil, Jair Bolsonaro, a dénoncé mardi les mesures de confinement ordonnées face au coronavirus par différents Etats et municipalités de son pays, les comparant à une politique de la “terre brûlée” qui menace de ruiner la première économie d'Amérique latine.

“Les autorités de certains Etats et municipalités doivent renoncer au concept de la terre brûlée: l'interdiction des transports, la fermeture des commerces et le confinement massif”, a affirmé M. Bolsonaro dans un discours retransmis à la radio et à la télévision.

“Nous devons maintenir les emplois et préserver l'approvisionnement des familles”, a-t-il ajouté.

1h20 – La Chine fait état de quatre décès, 47 nouveaux cas

Quarante-sept nouveaux cas de contamination au coronavirus et quatre décès supplémentaires liés à l'épidémie ont été recensés mardi en Chine continentale, ont indiqué mercredi les autorités sanitaires locales.

Dans un communiqué, la Commission nationale de la santé a précisé que tous les nouveaux cas de contamination impliquaient des voyageurs arrivés en Chine continentale en provenance de l'étranger.

L'épidémie a contaminé 81.218 personnes et causé 3.281 décès depuis qu'elle s'est déclarée dans le pays en décembre dernier, selon le bilan des autorités sanitaires chinoises.

Trois des quatre décès recensés mardi sont survenus dans la province de Hubei, berceau de l'épidémie, dans le centre du pays.

0h01 – Le nouveau formulaire d'attestation de déplacement disponible

Un nouveau formulaire d'attestation de déplacement dérogatoire au confinement, limitant notamment les sorties à 1 kilomètre de son domicile, pendant 1 heure maximum, est désormais disponible en ligne, a twitté mardi le ministre de l'Intérieur Christophe Castaner.

Ce nouveau formulaire (disponible notamment sur interieur.gouv.fr) reprend les règles de confinement renforcées et précisées par le Premier ministre Edouard Philippe lundi, concernant notamment les sorties pour “s'aérer” et celles relatives à la santé.

Ainsi sont autorisés les “déplacements brefs, dans la limite d'une heure quotidienne et dans un rayon maximal d'un kilomètre autour du domicile, liés soit à l'activité physique individuelle des personnes, à l'exclusion de toute pratique sportive collective et de toute proximité avec d'autres personnes, soit à la promenade avec les seules personnes regroupées dans un même domicile, soit aux besoins des animaux de compagnie”.

Sont également prévus dans le formulaire les déplacements pour “convocation judiciaire ou administrative”, pour “participation à des missions d'intérêt général sur demande de l'autorité administrative”, et ceux pour les “consultations et soins ne pouvant être assurés à distance et ne pouvant être différés”, ainsi que ceux pour les “consultations et soins des patients atteints d'une affection de longue durée”.

L'attestation, qui peut être aussi rédigée sur papier libre, doit comprendre obligatoirement l'heure, en plus de la date et du lieu de l'établissement du document.

(avec AFP et Reuters)

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