The French people are turning against Emmanuel Macron's handling of the coronavirus, after a shock survey showed that about 75% of French people thought the government was "lying about the crisis". The bombing takes place on the eve of the French president's long-awaited speech to the nation, where he is expected to announce an extension of the blockade measures. In his speech tomorrow night, Macron could announce an extension of France's blockade until at least mid-May.
Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market and former French Finance Minister, tried to defend the President of France in France24.
The French24 host said: "The latest polls show that 3 out of 4 French people believe that the government lied about the crisis.
"Did Emmanuel Macron and his government show a lack of judgment and preparation, according to you?"
Breton replied, "No one was prepared for this crisis. We need to be fully aware of that fact. We were all swept away by a tsunami of unprecedented size that is affecting us all.
In the video, the president, who paid a surprise visit to a Paris hospital, appeared to berate a member of the medical team.
The nurse in question had complained about health services in the capital.
In response, Macron could be heard saying, "I will not take responsibility for everything that has been done before."
On Saturday, France reported that 345 more people died in hospitals and 290 in nursing homes – 635 in the past 24 hours – to bring the total number of deaths to 13,832.