COUNTERPOINT – The issue of the meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Didier Raoult in Marseille is not only medical, it is also political.

Professor Didier Raoult, the scientist who the whole world hesitates to call genius or impostor
Professor Didier Raoult, the scientist who the whole world hesitates to call genius or impostor GERARD JULIEN / AFP

After the masks, chloroquine. And this time, Emmanuel Macron himself gave the signal for the new line. The head of state understood the danger that there would have been to ignore treatment presented by some as the only one to have proven itself against the virus. The Marseille meeting is an essential milestone in the “war” that he leads. The issue is not only medical, it is also political. It results from the place acquired on the national scene by the astonishing professor.

In public life, notoriety is a weapon. Especially when it is sudden. And that it touches on the exclusive subject of world news. Since the start of the crisis, only two have gone from anonymity to maximum exposure: Olivier Véran and Didier Raoult. For Emmanuel Macron, the Véran weapon is a chance. The austere rigor of the Minister of Health, propelled to the top of the popularity barometers, is a beacon for opinion and a guarantee of seriousness for the executive.

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