President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to annoy them…and annoy them he did as tens of thousands protested the proposed vaccine pass on Saturday.
More than 105,200 people took part in protests across France on Saturday according to the Interior Ministry, four times more than during the previous protest on December 18.
In their crosshair is the bill currently making its way through the National Assembly that will transform the COVID health pass in use since July 2021 into a vaccine pass. The law, which the government hopes to roll out in the latter half of the month, will restrict access to bars and restaurants, culture and leisure venues and long-distance public transport to fully-vaccinated people or those who have recovered from the disease. A negative test will no longer be accepted.
Macron justified the law earlier this month by telling Le Parisien newspaper that “the unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And so we will continue to do so, to the bitter end. That’s the strategy.”
He accused those who remain resistant to the vaccine of failing in their duties as citizens.
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