in Mulhouse, in the heart of the storm

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REPORTAGE – In this town in the Haut-Rhin, one of the first epidemic centers in France, the battle is raging. Doctors, soldiers and firefighters are mobilized day and night. Le Figaro Magazine was by their side.

Departure of a patient by helicopter from the Émile-Muller Hospital in Mulhouse to a less congested Haut-Rhin resuscitation department.
Departure of a patient by helicopter from the Émile-Muller Hospital in Mulhouse to a less congested Haut-Rhin resuscitation department. Jeremy Lempin for Figaro Magazine

Special envoy of Figaro Magazine in Mulhouse

It’s a journey to the end of silence. From Paris, it took us less than 4 hours and a half to reach Mulhouse. The depopulated streets of the capital will have been succeeded by the perfectly empty lines of a deserted A6 motorway, with the exception of a few heavy goods vehicles wandering like ghosts under a graying sky and scattered showers. At the heart of this landscape which, without emphasis, did not have to fade in front of a bad postapocalyptic Hollywood film, we break the confinement imposed on the French to go to the Great East. Where, in early March and after an evangelical rally, the Sars-CoV-2 epidemic of Covid-19 quickly got out of control. Until transforming the region into the first epidemic center of France – before the Ile-de-France catches up with this grim toll. It is here, in the heart of the epidemic storm, between the cities of Colmar and Mulhouse, on a strip of land wedged between the Rhine and the

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