Thursday March 4, 2021, Jean Castex gave a press conference about the new measures put in place by the government, in order to stem the health crisis. For several weeks, the epidemic has known worrying figures, especially in the north of France. The Prime Minister announced thatcontainment would be put in place on weekends in the Pas-de-Calais. The English variant virus would, moreover, be the cause of 60% of contaminations. The northern departments are not the only ones to be victims of the epidemic, since in all about twenty departments are in a particularly complicated situation. For the rest of the territory, there is still hope that the pandemic will develop in the right direction: "In the other departments at risk, the changes observed do not justify taking equivalent measures at this stage", he nevertheless noticed.
Jean Castex, communication dunce?
After presenting an assessment of the figures of the pandemic, Jean Castex wanted to unroll the list of "additional provisions" that the government has decided to apply on French territory. "Large commercial areas of more than 10,000 square meters will be closed. (…) The obligation to wear a mask will be extended to all urban areas of these departments where it does not yet apply", he announced in particular. Using the fingers of his hand to accompany his statements, the Prime Minister finally marked a long pause on his middle finger … A moment during which he quite simply kept the position of a middle finger. Many Internet users noted this rather awkward gesture in terms of communication. "Someone to explain to me Castex's intimate relationship to his middle finger during his press conferences? ","Jean Castex speaks with a finger at the French"," But Castex he likes to give us his middle finger there "," Jean Castex gave us another finger! "," I watch Jean Castex's lecture, calm and suddenly I see him giving all French people a middle finger", can we read among the many tweets posted Thursday, March 4, 2021, during the press conference.
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