This Friday 1er February, new act of the show Macron. At the Elysee, it receives about sixty elected representatives of Overseas. The effort is intense. After hours of debate, patatrac, the president skips: Chlordecone, a pesticide used in Caribbean banana plantations 1972 1993, is not carcinogenic, he teaches us. What cringe experts ... And avoid the state to spend a few euros.
The clock indicates 18 hours. The president has rolled up his sleeves, and strives to explain life to the elected ultramarines. When suddenly, while the debate focuses on Chlordecone, the shot goes:
"It must not be said that it is carcinogenic. It is established that this product is not good, there are prevalences that have been recognized scientifically [...] but do not go so far as to say that it is carcinogenic, because both, it says something that is not true, and it feeds fears. "
- La1ere.fr (@la1ere) February 1 2019
The scientific community is outraged
A statement from the president that is not to the taste of the entire scientific community.
Very quickly, professors Luc Multigner (research director of INSERM) and Pascal Blanchet (head of the urology department of CHU Point-à-Pitre) rebelled against the presidential fakenews, and react the next day with a statement :
- Cecile Marre (@CecileMarre) February 2 2019
Both researchers recall that the carcinogenicity of the pesticide has long been established (1979) by the WHO in rats and mice, and that a study conducted in 2010 shows that pesticide exposure is associated with higher prostate cancer.
The Health Magazine, on France 5, gives a red card to the president, in asking him to please "To also recognize the scientific value of [his] teacher-researchers and the suffering of thousands of patients in the West Indies."
The Elysée stammers
Contacted by Le Monde, the Elysee pleads the misunderstanding:
"The President never said that chlordecone was not carcinogenic. When he says, "Do not say it's carcinogenic," it's a way of saying, "We can not just say that it is carcinogenic, we must also act." "
Everyone will appreciate the level of Newspeak ...
Emmanuel Macron had besides difficulty, after this exit of track, to extricate themselves from the insistence of Victorin Lurel, senator PS of Guadeloupe, which asked the president, in vain, to prove to him that the chlordécone is not not carcinogenic.
"I am neither a researcher at INSERM nor a researcher at WHO"replied Emmanuel Macron. This is readily conceded to him. But in this case, as much refrain from telling nonsense ... Hard, hard to admit his mistake when called Jupiter ...
Do not touch the gray ...
On this issue, the president is therefore showing ignorance. But not that ... Because indeed, the recognition of the carcinogenic character of chlordecone has an important economic interest; that of the compensation of the victims.
Last September, the President, describing Chlordecone pollution as "Environmental scandal", announced that "the procedure for opening the register of occupational diseases will be initiated by the government as early as 2 October for the general scheme (Social Security) and 9 October for the agricultural regime. "
Stupor, so when the 21 January 2019, the Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly had rejected the proposal of the law of the Socialist deputy of Guadeloupe Hélène Vainqueur-Christophe, for the creation of a compensation fund for victims of Chlordecone. A rejection that one owes, in large part, to the deputies of the presidential majority.
Because for Albane Gaillot, MP LREM, you have to type more:
"Beyond reparations for victims of Chlordecone, a report to Parliament on the modalities and funding of a compensation fund for victims of plant protection products is under way. In accordance with the recommendations of the President of the Republic, we are moving towards repair by creating an indeminations fund for victims of plant protection products (...) We join you on the urgency of repairing the victims of chlordecone, but consider that this reparation must be made within a wider framework ".
The bill would have been rejected for lack of ambition ...
Nine out of every ten Antilleans infected just take their trouble ... and they can afford it, because, as Jupiter has just taught us, Chlordecone is not carcinogenic ...
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