Prof. Didier Raoult cheered in the streets of Marseille
Despite the controversies, French medical practitioner Professor Didier Raoult - who defends hydroxychloroquine as an anti-Covid drug - is seen as a hero by ordinary French people. Proof of this is in a video posted on Thursday, April 30 on Twitter.
Published: May 1, 2020, 8:54 am
Raoult is seen driving his car in a street in Marseille. People follow him spontaneously and cheer him on. Some taxi drivers from Marseille shout messages of support: “The teacher is a champion!”, and “We are here for you!”, “Continue, you are the best!”
Le Professeur @raoult_didier a été acclamé cet après-midi par les chauffeurs de taxis marseillais 👏 Tout sourire, l'infectiologue marseillais a baissé la vitre avant de poursuivre sa route 🙂 pic.twitter.com/roeew5pnQa
— La Provence (@laprovence) April 30, 2020
Didier Raoult certainly gives the impression of being sincere. “I have no message, I’m not trying to be popular, I don’t sell anything,” he said in an interview on BFMTV.
The director of the IHU of Marseille granted an interview on BFMTV in which he continued to advocate the use of chloroquine. He also believes that the Chinese did not lie more “than the French” on Covid-19 mortality figures.
The US has blamed China for a lack of transparency during the start of the Coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan, but Raoult defended the country. And since there is no evidence, he does not believe in any theories according to which the Coronavirus escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan.
When journalist Apolline de Malherbe broached the subject of a treatment for the virus, mentioning hydroxychloroquine, his answer was clear: “We have an extraordinary drug”. Indeed, at least “36 million Plaquénil units have been sold”.
He denounced a “completely surreal polemic delirium” after his first pronouncements in favor of this treatment. “Chloroquine gives satisfactory clinical results,” he explained. Claiming that this is a perfectly “banal” drug, he said new medical trials made no sense for “one of the most prescribed drugs in the world after aspirin”.
“And then it was being communicated daily that this is a deadly poison […] Suddenly, all the authorities began to say that chloroquine is a terrible, criminal thing. I’ve never heard such a fanciful thing.”
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