Is France Once Again Looking for a Scapegoat?

Michael M. Lederman, Jeffrey S. Flier, Peter Hale, Ashley T. Haase, William Powderly, Peter Reiss, Guido Silvestri, Rafick P. Sekaly, Mirko Paiardini, Drew Weissman, Daniel R. Kuritzkes, Leonard H. Calabrese, Peter Agre, Gustavo Reyes-Teran, Alan L. Landay, Sharon Lewin, Douglas D. Richman, Paul Volberding, Peter W. Hunt, Mauro Schechter

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On September 10, 2021, a special tribunal established by the French government launched an inquiry into the activities of former health minister Dr. Agnes Buzyn who was charged with “endangering the lives of others”. It is surprising to learn of this accusation and inquiry into the actions of a public health official whose response to the epidemic was, to all appearances, exemplary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalPathogens and Immunity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 13 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Cour de Justice de la Republique
  • COVID-19
  • Epidemiology
  • Facemasks
  • Inquest
  • Pandemic response
  • PCR
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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