Former French health minister under investigation

Former minister Agnes Buzyn was investigated for claiming that Covid-19 was not a concern for France, despite fully understanding the threats posed by the pandemic.

French prosecutors are investigating former health minister Agnes Buzyn for a number of charges, including “endangering the lives of others” and “failing to fulfill their mission to combat the disaster.” A special court that investigates misconduct by ministerial officials will consider the motion to prosecute Ms. Buzyn.

At a court hearing on September 10, the former French health minister welcomed the judiciary for giving her the opportunity to explain her actions and “communicate the truth”. She emphasized that herself and the government have made efforts to prepare France to respond to the global health crisis.

Former French health minister Agnès Buzyn answers questions before the Senate in September 2020.  Photo: AFP.

Former French health minister Agnès Buzyn answers questions before the Senate in September 2020. Photo: AFP.

She left the position of head of the French Ministry of Health in February 2020 to run for mayor of Paris. Buzyn then stated that Covid-19 had a low level of risk, but later revealed that he understood the risks to France. “When I left the ministry, I cried because I knew a tsunami was coming,” she told the press in June 2020.

After a failed bid for mayor of Paris, Agnes Buzyn joined the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) in January.

The charges against Ms. Buzyn are part of a large-scale investigation into the French government’s pandemic response, including policy changes, levels of preparedness and absorption of science. Health Minister Olivier Veran is expected to appear before the court in the coming weeks.

However, many French politicians, including members of the opposition, see this investigation as hindering the government’s efforts to fight the epidemic and respond to the crisis.

Covid-19 in France is still complicated, this country recorded an additional 9,966 infections today. France has recorded about 6.7 million infections and more than 113,000 deaths.

Trung Nhan (Follow BBC)

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