Agnès Buzyn was invited in C à vous on France 5 this Thursday, October 27. The former Minister of Health notably returned to her departure from the government in 2020. A moment still very difficult to digest. She did not manage to hold back her tears on the set of the show.
A still deep wound. This Thursday, October 27, Agnes Buzyn was invited to It’s up to you for defend its management of the Covid-19 epidemic, when she was Minister of Health. On the set of the France 5 program, she notably mentioned his departure from the government in February 2020 to replace at short notice Benjamin Griveaux, ousted after the disclosure of private videos. A resignation that remains in his throat.
Indeed, the C à vous teams have distributed the pictures of the handover between Agnès Buzyn and Olivier Véran on February 17, 2020 at the Ministry of Health. That day, the former minister therefore announced, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, that she was setting out to conquer the town hall of Paris. But this sequence is obviously still difficult to watch for Agnès Buzyn, who couldn’t contain her tears during its broadcast. She also added that the Griveaux affair and this departure from the government had “put (his) life in the air”.
Agnès Buzyn: “I can no longer walk alone”
Indicted for her management of the first weeks of the Covid-19 epidemic, Agnès Buzyn also confided that “the great regret of (his) life is not having managed this crisis”. “At the start, the idea was that I do like Édouard Philippe in Le Havre and Gérald Darmanin” in Tourcoing, who were then the mayors of these cities, while being members of the government. The former minister thus explained that she had asked to remain at the Ministry of Health if she embarked on the campaign. “The arbitration was obviously not the same for“Her, she lamented on France 5. And since her crushing defeat in the election, Agnès Buzyn has been much more discreet.
Last September, she was nevertheless appointed master adviser to the Court of Auditors. Despite a less publicized post, Agnès Buzyn confided that she was still the target of threats. “I received again the day before yesterday a registered mail of insults, threats… I can no longer walk alone in the street”she said, before adding: “For someone who gave his life in public service, in the public hospital, who dedicated his life to saving people… Yes, that’s very hard.”
Agnès Buzyn: “everyone told me I was crazy”
In a logbook that Agnès Buzyn kept during the pandemic and to which Le Monde had access, the former Minister of Health claims to have alerted the executive as soon as the Covid-19 appeared in China, but that she did not was not heard. “Of course, it’s easy to say afterwards ‘I had seen everything’. What is certain is that I had a feeling, and everyone told me that I was crazy“, she writes in this diary. “Not only had I seen, but warned” but “I didn’t feel like I was heard”, says Agnès Buzyn who “did not manage to have an appointment” with the President of the Republic, until a telephone interview on February 8. “I was, by far in Europe, the most alert minister. But no one cared.” she assures.