The president of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, called for “flexibility“In the curfew and temporary closures due to the health crisis, in particular to allow the events sector and sports halls to maintain an activity, in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche.
“We will not be able to continue for months to ensure that the State finances the salaries and cash flow of private companies. It is therefore necessary that we define (…) the protocols which make it possible to continue the activity, to produce, to consume, to simply live. Otherwise, there is no economic outcome and therefore no hope“, Estimated the president of the employers’ organization.
“In events, the activity is completely stopped. However, in two months, the salivary antigenic tests arrive. As of today, the state must allow the organizers of professional, cultural and sporting events to test the public and to filter the entries according to the positive results.», He pleaded. “It would avoid condemning this industry to a slow death“.
“I call for flexibility”
He lamented “sometimes a uniform and centralized bureaucratic response“. “The closure of sports halls is, for example, an aberration“, according to him. “The Minister of Health must listen to economic circles, because we collectively need to make economic activity and public health coexist“.
For Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, if the aid “remain important“, However, we cannot”live on a drip“And”what is expected from the government is short-term aid“. “All the professionals I meet aspire to only one thing: to work. I call for flexibility“, he said.
Asked about the prospect of many bankruptcies to come, he recalled that “for now, their number is lower than 2019“. “But it is artificial. Because the day when partial unemployment disappears, when these balloons of oxygen fly, the risk of bankruptcy will multiply. Unless the activity starts again“.
Partial unemployment, loans guaranteed by the State, deferred charges …: over the first nine months of the year, in France there were only 19,220 openings of collective proceedings (safeguard, recovery and liquidation) against 32,714 during the same period of 2019, according to the National Council of Commercial Court Clerks. But these courts are already anticipating a tsunami in 2021.
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