More than 100,000 people took to the streets of France on Saturday to protest Emmanuel Macron’s measures to put pressure on the unvaccinated, especially spurred by the French president’s tirade against those who don’t want to be vaccinated.
In an interview with the newspaper’s readers last Tuesday, Parisian, Macron accuses those who struggle to get vaccinated, he described them as irresponsible and said he intended to annoy or screw them up, which is also one of the possible translations of the verb “emmerder” he used.
The colloquial terms sparked debate in the National Assembly on Monday over a government bill that would force the introduction of a Proof of vaccination For many common events in French social life, a health certificate has to be presented since July.
this means A recent negative test is not enoughInstead, a full vaccination schedule must be shown, such as having a drink at a bar or restaurant, going to the cinema, show or stadium, or taking long-distance public transport such as a bus, train, a plane or a boat.
The bill was approved by its first reader in the National Assembly on Thursday and will begin processing in the full Senate next Tuesday.
Demonstrations in dozens of cities across the country sparked some spats, such as at a rally in Paris or Montpellier where police used tear gas to restore order.
Home Office Bulletin 34 arrested A dozen officers across the country were slightly injured.According to the ministry, they are 105,200 people Those who came out to demonstrate this Saturday.
In the French capital, where they mobilized 18,000 people According to the interior ministry, among the marches, the largest in the thousands was a march called by Florian Philippot, leader of the far-right movement Patriots, between the Palace Square and the Invalides.
At the parade, he was led by banners bearing the slogan “free”, dominated the French flag and slogans against Macron. Among them, it is possible to hear: “Macron, we do not want your certificate.”
Messages from foreign figures such as Steve Bannon, a former adviser to former US President Donald Trump, were also projected on a huge screen installed on the podium.
According to the station French Information, calls from Strasbourg, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier or Chambéry also succeeded in gathering thousands of protesters.
Demonstrations against vaccination are systematically organized every Saturday In France, albeit a recent influx has dwindled considerably since Macron announced the implementation of health certificates.
Thus, on December 18, security forces counted 25,500 across the country, a far cry from the peak of 237,000 on August 7 and this Saturday.