The day after President Macron announced the new national restrictions, the French parliament criticized the government’s management of the health crisis on Thursday.
Damien Abad, head of the Republican faction in Congress, said after Prime Minister Jean Castex’s speech: “We are not here to admit your new failure.”
Left-wing politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon criticized Macron for making independent decisions.
Castex announced new restrictions on parliament, which Macron announced on Wednesday night. Many local measures, such as closing shops, will be extended nationwide by one month, while schools will be closed for three weeks.
Castex defended the stricter measures. He warned: “The third wave is here, and it has dealt us a heavy blow.”
Parliament passed the new measures with 348 votes in favor and 9 votes against it. Some opposition parties did not vote. These measures will also be voted on in the Senate of the Upper House of the French Parliament.
France has been hit hard by the pandemic, and neighbouring Germany recently declared the country a high-risk country and restricted travel.
Of the 67 million coronavirus infections in the country, nearly 95,700 people have died.