Europe's rising COVID cases require new action; tragedy in France
Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, with the view from Europe:
What is happening with COVID in Europe?
Well, we see infections on the rise virtually everywhere. It looks particularly bad at the moment in Czech Republic, in Belgium. Doesn't look good in France and Spain. Neither does it in the United Kingdom, by the way. But it has to be said, it's all over the place. So, we'll see new advice of a rather strong nature by authorities. We see regulation sometimes, we see restaurants closing down earlier, and things like that. Let's just hope for the best. So far, deaths are fairly limited so far.
What really happened in France?
It was really horrible. It was really tragic, with that innocent teacher who just wanted to teach his pupils the Republican values that are so fundamental to the strengths of the French republic. What we've seen since is a very impressive manifestation of those Republican secular values by all of the French nations. So, let's hope that they would overcome this crisis as well.