Now comes the hard part of Macron’s Covid-19 response

Simon Heffer, the renowned political commentator and historian, turns his gaze to French politics

Anyone who has read Albert Camus’s La Peste knows that there is, theoretically, nothing that confirms we are all in it together so much as a plague.

Coronavirus, like all other such viruses, respects no international boundaries or separate cultures. It is therefore remarkable that nations have sought to go about containment of the Coronavirus in radically different ways, as an examination of the policies of Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson will quickly confirm.

This is not simply because Britain is in the process of leaving the European Union and France is not – some European countries have taken radically different approaches to France in dealing with the virus, and continue to do so.

It is all to do, inevitably, with the impact of the disease in each locale and what the scientific advice of which individual groups of politicians avail ...

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