Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, his wife Carla Bruni and their daughter Giulia attended their boyfriend's wedding on Saturday as France suffered a record number of new daily coronavirus infections.
A group of over a hundred people gathered in front of City Hall for more than half an hour and applauded the ex-president and his family as they arrived, who could be seen wearing masks.
The wedding celebration and a smaller group of around 50 guests moved in. The wedding took place in a more discreet setting on the second floor of the building, away from the media.
The groom – Franck Louvrier – is mayor of La Baule-Escoublac, a parish on the west coast of France near Nantes, and was Sarkozy's communications advisor during his presidency from 2007 to 2012.
During the ceremony, Sarkozy gave a brief speech in front of the groom and his new wife, Sophie Jolivet, in which he emphasized the importance of engagement – both in love and in politics.
“We live in a society in which engagement is fought every day when it is all about engagement. In a commitment we can make mistakes, we can make mistakes, we can fail, ”he said, according to Ouest France.
“Participation is the key to everything. What is politics if it is not an expression of feelings? & # 39; he asked.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and his wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy (right), accompanied by their daughter Giulia Sarkozy, attend the wedding of their friend, Mayor of La Baule, Franck Louvrier, with Sophie Jolivet at La Baule Town Hall today
Groom Franck Louvrier (right) was also Sarkozy's communications advisor during his tenure as President of France. Weddings are allowed in France after the lockdown since June 2nd
The ex-president praised his former colleague and longtime friend's determination to become mayor of La Baule and said, “I can testify that Franck's dream was here in this city! So long and it was difficult. And there is no happiness without difficulty.
“What gives things a price is that we had to fight. Franck is a brave man. And courage is not a quality that is greatly shared. Franck wanted to share and show that he could be number one himself. He demonstrated it, he proved it. & # 39;
Weddings are permitted in France from June 2nd, the number of people taking part depending on the size of the venue. The government states that participants must be able to keep a distance of one meter.
The wedding takes place on the same day that France recorded its record number of new Covid-19 infections within 24 hours but ruled out another lockdown.
France reported 8,975 new confirmed cases yesterday, more than 1,000 more than the previous daily record of 7,578 on March 31.
So far, however, the increase in infections has mainly affected young people, who are less likely to develop complications from the virus. So far, the French hospitals, which were almost overwhelmed at the end of March, have been less burdened.
French Health Minister Olivier Veran speaks about the situation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in France during a press conference on August 27, 2020 at the Hotel de Matignon in Paris
Health Minister Olivier Veran said today France needs to remain vigilant as more people will be hospitalized in intensive care units over the next two weeks, due to a flare-up of COVID-19 infections in recent days.
However, Veran ruled out the need for a new nationwide lockdown, telling BFM TV that France had other means of fighting the virus, including testing.
“I cannot imagine a general ban. The lock was a lid on an overflowing saucepan, ”he said.
After falling steadily for months from a high of 32,292 months on April 14, the number of hospitalizations rose by 28 to 4,671 on Friday, rising for the sixth consecutive year.
“We are not all on the same wave of epidemics as we were last spring. We're on a slower trend, but one that needs to alert us, ”said Veran.
& # 39; This week an average of 55 patients per day were hospitalized in intensive care units (ICU). This means that in our country an average of 1,500 to 2,000 people are hospitalized in intensive care units per month.
"This is not neutral and we have to be extremely vigilant," he added.
Current hospital stay numbers reflect infections that emerged two weeks ago, Veran said.
"So it's obvious that there will be an increase in the next 15 days, it won't be massive, but there will still be an increase in the number of severe cases and the number of people in the hospital and in intensive care units."
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