France protests: clashes with police on Bastille Day amid anger at tighter Covid rules
Demonstrations in Paris and other cities over plan for mandatory vaccinations for health workers and vaccine pass for public places
“Down with dictatorship”, “down with the health pass” protesters chanted.One of them, Yann Fontaine, a 29-year-old notary’s clerk from the Berry region in central France, said he had come to demonstrate in Paris arguing that the imposition of a health pass equalled “segregation”.
Police and protesters in Paris.Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images“Macron plays on fears, it’s revolting. I know people who will now get vaccinated just so that they can take their children to the movies, not to protect others from serious forms of Covid,” he said.
The French government on Tuesday defended its decision to impose Covid tests for unvaccinated people who want to eat in restaurants or take long-distance trips, as the country looks to avoid a surge in more contagious Delta cases.“There isn’t any vaccine obligation, this is maximum inducement,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said then. headtopics.com
“I have a hard time understanding, in a country where 11 vaccines are already mandatory... that this could be seen as a dictatorship,” he said, adding that after a year of studying the vaccines “the time of doubting is long past”.The rules will be relaxed for teenagers who have only been able to get the jabs since mid-June - “Making summer hell is out of the question,” Attal said.
According to an Elabe opinion poll published Tuesday, the new safety measures have a large majority of approval amongst French people.Around 35.5 million people – almost half of France’s population – have received at least one vaccine dose so far.At the start of the pandemic, France had some of the highest levels of vaccine scepticism in the developed world.Read more: The Guardian »
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