Covid-19: We explain why the contamination of Roselyne Bachelot is controversial

The main thing Roselyne Bachelot announced on Saturday, March 20, that she had tested positive for Covid-19. Between performances, cultural events and masked awards, especially with Michel Sardou, the days leading up to his showing were lively. Which provokes strong reactions to possible recklessness of the Minister of Culture.

The news fell this Saturday evening and it is the main problem that it revealed on Twitter: Roselyne Bachelot has tested positive for Covid-19.

After experiencing respiratory symptoms, I had a test that confirmed I was positive for Covid.
For me, I will adjust my schedule for the coming week.
I will definitely update you regularly!

– Roselyne Bachelot (@R_Bachelot) March 20, 2021

Unless the culture minister is the only member of government infected with the virus for a year, the announcement of its contamination has generated more reactions than usual. In particular, some accuse her of having been “careless” in the last few days, all in a tense context for the Minister of Culture.

A performance at the Paris Opera

If catching Covid-19 isn’t good news for anyone, the timing is especially bad for Roselyne Bachelot. In the days leading up to the announcement of her contamination, she attended many cultural events. Among them in particular the world premiere of Faust by the German director Tobias Kratzer at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. A show that was played on Friday 19th March without an audience and was filmed by France 5 for a broadcast on Friday evening.

An event that is not on the agenda of a minister of culture. Problem: At the end of the performance, according to revelations from Liberation, Roselyne Bachelot approached the artists to congratulate them without fully respecting the barrier gestures. In photos posted on social networks, the Minister of Culture is masked but unmasked actors very close, ignoring the recommended distance of two meters in the fight against Covid-19.

Handover of a decoration to Michel Sardou

Another embarrassing fact for Roselyne Bachelot: the transfer of the command of the Commander of the Legion of Honor to Michel Sardou. It’s that Friday March 19th again that the event was held in a smaller committee, this time according to the singer confirming they were only a handful: “My wife, a friend of my wife and I; was Roselyne Bachelot only accompanied by two employees. “During the ceremony, the 74-year-old singer and actor was appointed commander of the Legion of Honor by the Minister of Culture. Another photo immortalized this moment. And once again the hug between Roselyne Bachelot and Michel Sardou doesn’t suit internet users well.

When some denounce “double standards” regarding barrier gestures while cultural venues are still closed to the general public, others are having fun and hijacking the photos taken during the ceremony. Personalities like the actor Reda Kateb, in turn, have reacted to social networks.

They still think they are above everything … even Covid. #Bachelot, 74 years old, former health minister?
Minister of Culture today … of the coronavirus?

– Franceschi (@ Orchideas007) March 22, 2021

Say shit about barrier gestures, proudly post this photo and a few hours later announce that you are Covid who can do something like that, apart from #Bachelot ??? pic.twitter.com/k34aOKkMHD

– ud83d udce3Ella Kelian (@EllaKelian) March 21, 2021

When Roselyne #Bachelot Michel Sardou sings “I’ll give you the Covid”.
The exemplary duo of 2021: “I’ll give you the Covid”! (Yes, “I give you”, according to our minister, is a Sardou tube!)
Legion of Honor + Covid Pack https://t.co/qdtvzUSO2d

– Netzbuchmesse – literary YouTube channel & + (@salondulivre_) March 21, 2021

Also read: Toulouse: the theaters are rebelling and organizing shows in the presence of the public this weekend

An already electric atmosphere

In addition to her ministerial trips and questions about respect for barrier gestures, Roselyne Bachelot’s contamination occurs above all in a tense context for the cultural world. In fact, the 46th César ceremony, held at Olympia on Friday March 12th, was marked by the intervention of several artists to draw attention to the situation of intermittent entertainment since the beginning of the health crisis. Statements that gave the film awards a political perspective and which Roselyne Bachelot considered “heartbreaking”.

#Bachelot not only does nothing for artists and culture, but gives them # Covid_19 as a bonus
Poor Roselyne is a real pain
And why is she entitled to an evening at the opera? @MinistereCC

– Nicole ORA (@nicoleodera) March 22, 2021

After all, many French theaters have been manned by hundreds of intermittent entertainment workers for several days to demand the reopening of cultural sites while they have been closed for several months due to Covid-19. A protest movement that found broad support among actors in the cultural world and fueled an already tense relationship with its supervisory minister, Roselyne Bachelot.