French court dismisses the appeal of the professor fired for his opinion on COVID-19

14.01.2021, Paris.

An administrative court dismissed the appeal filed by professor of infectious diseases Christian Perronne, who was fired for making “unfair” statements about COVID-19, Le Figaro informed on January 13.

The administration of the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) university hospital trust dismissed Professor Perronne from his position as head of the infectious diseases department of the Raymond Poincaré University Hospital in Garches (Hauts-de-Seine deprtament).

The reason for the dismissal was a thread of professor’s public criticism of the COVID-19 crisis management. In particular, Dr. Perronne was punished for saying that “COVID-19 patients represent financial gain for physicians.”

Dr. Perronne also caused displeasure with management because of his stance on the treatment of COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), which was banned in France as a COVID-19 treatment. According to the professor, if COVID-19 had been treated in France with hydroxychloroquine in combination with Azithromycin, as prescribed by the protocol developed by Professor Didier Raoult from Marseille, the country could have avoided 25,000 deaths. Christian Perronne also criticized the French policy of vaccination against coronavirus.

Professor Perron filed a complaint against the decision to dismiss him, which he believes violates freedom of speech. However, on January 13, the Administrative Court of Cergy-Pontoise dismissed the complaint reasoning that the there was no violation of the presumption of innocence and “there was no criminal prosecution of the plaintiff, subjected only to disciplinary procedure.”

Professor Christian Perronne was one of the main advisers to the French authorities in the field of health for 15 years, remaining in demand in various government offices. He was chairman of the French technical committee on vaccines and vice-president of the WHO committee of experts for the whole WHO “large area” including Europe, Russia and Central Asia.

It should also be noted that Professor Perronne is one of the active authors of the REINFOCOVID internet platform (“re-inform about COVID-19”). This platform brings together hundreds of French physicians, as well as specialists in statistics and mathematical modeling. REINFOCOVID’s mission is to bring a different perspective on the pandemic than that offered by the official media and the French government.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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