Macron dubs French chloroquine medic ‘great scientist’

President Macron met with the controversial Professor Didier Raoult last week, and has now dubbed him a "great scientist"

French President Emmanuel Macron has dubbed Professor Didier Raoult, pioneer of using chloroquine against Covid-19, a “great scientist” - as Pr. Raoult controversially claims the epidemic is slowing in Marseille.

Professor Raoult is a somewhat controversial microbiologist and director of the infectious diseases research unit l’Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Méditerranée Infection in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône, ‎Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur).

He has championed the use of the drug choloquine, which is now one of several drugs being tested against Covid-19 as part of the European Discovery trials into Covid-19 drugs that are taking place across laboratories in France and Europe.

Mr Macron visited the centre late last week, which his entourage said was part of a wide array of scientific research consultations made ahead of the President’s national address ...

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