Virus latest: French Culture Minister tests positive

Virus latest: French Culture Minister tests positive


norman lebrecht

March 09, 2020

The French Culture Minister Franck Riester has announced he tested positive today for Covid-19.

He says he is ‘in good shape’, confined in quarantine to his Paris home.

Riester, 46, spent several days last week at the National Assembly, where several other cases have been identified.



  • Hilary says:

    One course of action which hasn’t been flagged up as much as it ought:
    avoid handling cash if at all possible. Stick to debit/credit card payments.
    Sage advice from a distinguished doctor friend of mine.

    • Gustavo says:

      The more serious, less egocentric advice would be to prevent grandchildren from getting too close to their grandparents.

      Mortality rates are predicted to increase dramatically within the age class 65+.

      That means that parents should no longer dump their kids at granny’s and grandpa’s.

      Think about it.

      • Hilary says:

        Spot-on. A level-headed campaign incorporating ideas like this would be no bad thing.

        • Gustavo says:

          Public touch screens are probably also a risk.

          People sharing i-pads etc.

          Comes close to Dr. Robb’s gasoline dispensers.

    • anon says:

      No doubt, the big card processers must be salivating at the prospect of people avoiding cash. All those commission payments and handling fees for the taking.