Bruno Retailleau, president of the Les Républicains group in the Senate and senator for Vendée, was the guest of “8:30 am franceinfo”, Thursday January 14, 2021. Carrefour / Couche-Tard reconciliation offer, chloroquine, Trump excluded from social networks, climate refugees … He answers questions from Marc Fauvelle and Salhia Brakhlia.
Carrefour / Couche-Tard: “If the acquisition leads to social damage, we must refuse”
The French distribution giant Carrefour has been approached by the Canadian food group Couche-Tard for a “rapprochement”. “If the acquisition proposed by the [groupe] Canadian leads to social disruption, we must refuse “, reacts Bruno Retailleau, who is not opposed to it in principle.
The Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire said he was opposed to the takeover of the French group, on behalf of the “food sovereignty”. President of Senators Republicans calls on minister to be “coherent” and to renounce the free trade agreement between Europe and Canada (Ceta), still on the principle of “food sovereignty”, otherwise there is “Two weights, two measures”, denounces the elected representative of Vendée.
Chloroquine: “I will not say it again today”
“Chloroquine is a buoy that we throw into the sea. In March, we had no vaccine or treatment. When we have a molecule we know, we have to try”, justified Bruno Retailleau who had called for “immediately extend the prescription“. Since then, no study has demonstrated the effectiveness of chloroquine against severe forms of Covid-19. “I won’t say it again today but I think we were right to try. At worst, it doesn’t work but at least you tried.”, he assumes.
“The power of censorship” of GAFAM, “quasi-state powers”
Bruno Retailleau criticizes Twitter’s decision to exclude United States President Donald Trump from the social network: “Be careful because there is a power of censorship, (…) we are on a question of democracy. In democracy, it is the State, it is the general interest. There, we have GAFAM, [les groupes américains Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple et Microsoft], large private companies which are quasi-state powers “, he explains.
For the president of the Republicans in the Senate group, “It is up to the States to regain control. It is a question of sovereignty. I think that there is a first principle that must be abandoned, and that is self-regulation” of GAFAM.
“The control of our borders” does not belong “to judges”
On December 18, the Bordeaux administrative court of appeal took into account the climatic criterion to annul the obligation to leave the territory of a Bangladeshi refugee who suffered from a respiratory disease. With this decision, “we open the door to hundreds of millions of people”, Critic Bruno Retailleau, “the control of our borders belongs to the people and not to judges”, he argues.
“If we admit that in our internal standards in France, that all those who are asthmatic or who may suffer from pollution in the world [ne sont pas expulsables], we open the door to hundreds of millions of people. “, fears Senator LR.
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