The application StopCovid is a fiasco even within government. Asked by Léa Salamé Thursday September 24 on France 2 in the show It’s your turn to speak, Prime Minister Jean Castex admitted not having downloaded it. ” No, I didn’t install it », Admits Jean Castex taken aback. When the journalist asks him “why”, the Prime Minister remains silent.
Then he invokes rather vague reasons: “ Yes, I push the French to do it, but I didn’t, because there you are … I’ll be honest with you », Continues Jean Castex. ” StopCovid, it’s interesting when you go in the metro, when you meet people … Unfortunately, the performance of my duties means that I no longer take the metro even if I regret it. […] I see a lot less people today. The journalist reminds him that he met Bruno Le Maire, recently tested positive for Covid-19, the Prime Minister is sinking, little by little, live on France 2.
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But he is not the only one. The Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, and the Deputy Minister in charge of Citizenship, Marlène Schiappa, also present on the set, also admitted not having installed StopCovid on their mobile. On the other hand, seated behind the Prime Minister, the Ministers of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, of the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, and of Health, Olivier Veran, for their part affirmed that they were using the application.
Launched in June 2020, StopCovid enables its users, thanks to Bluetooth, To be warned if they have recently passed, within a meter and for more than 15 minutes, another user who tested positive for Covid-19. Strongly criticized since its release, the app is actively supported by the Secretary of State for Digital Cédric O. Three months later, however, it had only been downloaded by 2.3 million French and had alerted only 72 people.