Protests in France against COVID-19 ‘health pass’ rules

PARIS, July 14 (Reuters) – Police in Paris clashed with protesters railing against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to require a COVID-19 vaccine certificate or negative PCR test to access bars, restaurants and bars starting next month Get cinemas.

Macron announced this week comprehensive measures to combat a rapid surge in new coronavirus infections, including mandatory vaccination of health workers and new rules on health passports for the general public. Continue reading

He went further than most other European nations as the highly contagious Delta variant is fueling a new wave of cases and other governments are closely monitoring how the French public reacts. Continue reading (Graphic on global cases)

Police fired tear gas several times as protesters knocked over garbage cans and set fire to a mechanical excavator. Some demonstrators outside of the skirmishes wore badges that read “No to health passport”.

Some critics of Macron’s plan – which requires shopping malls, cafes, bars and restaurants to check all customers’ health records from August – accuse the president of trampling on freedoms and discriminating against those who do not want the COVID vaccination. Continue reading

“This is completely arbitrary and completely undemocratic,” said a demonstrator who pretended to be Jean-Louis.

Macron says the vaccine is the best way to get France back on track and that he is encouraging as many people as possible to get vaccinated.

Protests broke out in other cities such as Nantes, Marseille and Montpellier.

The discontent took place on Bastille Day, the anniversary of the storm on a medieval fortress in Paris in 1789, which marked the turning point in the French Revolution.

Among other proposals in the government’s draft law is the mandatory isolation of anyone who tests positive for 10 days, with police carrying out random checks, French media reported. The prime minister’s office did not respond to requests to confirm the detail.

Reporting by Christian Lowe and Gonzalo Fuentes; Letter from Richard Lough; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Sandra Maler

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