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French protesters reject virus passes, vaccine mandate

Tens of thousands of people protested across France on Saturday against a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all health care workers.

7/24/2021 10:37:00 PM

Tens of thousands of people protested across France on Saturday against a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all health care workers.

PARIS (AP) — Some 160,000 people, including far-right activists and members of France 's yellow vest movement, protested Saturday across the country against a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all health care workers.

PARIS (AP) — Some 160,000 people, including far-right activists and members of France’s yellow vest movement, protested Saturday across the country against a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all health care workers.

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Similar protests were held in neighboring Italy.Police fired water cannons and tear gas on rowdy protesters in Paris, although most gatherings were orderly.Legislators in France’s Senate were debating the virus bill Saturday after the lower house of parliament approved it on Friday, as virus infections are spiking and hospitalizations are rising. The French government wants to speed up vaccinations to protect vulnerable people and hospitals, and avoid any new lockdown.

Most French adults are fully vaccinated and multiple polls indicate a majority of French people support the new measures. But not everyone.Protesters chanting “Liberty! Liberty!” gathered at Bastille plaza and marched through eastern Paris in one of several demonstrations Saturday around France. Thousands also joined a gathering across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower organized by a former top official in Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration party. headtopics.com

ADVERTISEMENTWhile most protesters were calm, tensions erupted on the margins of the Bastille march. Riot police sprayed tear gas on marchers after someone threw a chair at an officer. Other projectiles were also thrown. Later some protesters moved to the Arc de Triomphe and police used water cannon to disperse them.

Marchers included far-right politicians and activists as well as others angry at President Emmanuel Macron. They were upset over a French “health pass” that is now required to enter museums, movie theaters and tourist sites. The bill under debate would expand the pass requirement to all restaurants and bars in France and some other venues.

To get the pass, people need to be fully vaccinated, have a recent negative test or have proof they recently recovered from the virus.French lawmakers are divided over how far to go in imposing health passes or mandatory vaccinations but infections are rising quickly. More than 111,000 people with the virus have died in France, and the country is now seeing about 20,000 new infections a day, up from just a few thousand a day in early July.

More than 2 billion people worldwide have been vaccinated and information about COVID-19 vaccines is now widely available, but many protesters said they felt they were being rushed into something they’re not ready to do.Céline Augen, a secretary at a doctor’s office, is prepared to lose her job under the new measure because she doesn’t want to get vaccinated. headtopics.com

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Ayoub Bouglia, an engineer, said, “We need to wait a little bit before the French people can decide ... I think a part of France is always going to be unwilling and that blackmail and threats won’t work.”In Italy, thousands of protesters gathered in Rome, Milan, Verona and other cities Saturday, protesting the government’s decision to require a “Green Pass” to access indoor dining, local fairs, stadiums, cinemas and other gathering places.

In the northern city of Verona, several thousand people marched down the main shopping street, chanting “No Green Pass!” and “Freedom!” They included families with young children, medical doctors who said they are risking their jobs not to get vaccinated and people who likened the Green Pass decision to decisions by fascist dictatorships.

The demonstrations proceeded peacefully and dissipated into summer evening crowds.Despite the vocal opposition, Italy’s new requirement, effective Aug. 3, has led to a boom in vaccine appointments in Italy, where so far nearly half of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.

___Colleen Barry in Milan and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed. Read more: The Associated Press »

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It’s France. So, they are mad that society has deemed public safety important? Strange, French protesters are usually known to be so diplomatic 😂 vive la France et vive la république 🇫🇷 This is serious matter, don't allow these bastard politicians to steal your freedom in the name of Chinese virus. Whoever behind this virus propaganda is must be a devil. Now time has come that we public should awake and search for the truth about virus propaganda. Media sucks!!!

Cluelesd...film 11 Everyone get the jab. Takes a minute. Saves 100s of lives including yours. Thank god. I’m all for getting everyone vaccinated, but restricting where people can go and do if they’re not is the type of move an authoritarian state would do. We should do something like this in OUR Country. We NEED to do something to stop the DEADLY spread of the DELTA Variant. It's a monster and it's KILLING people. LITERALLY !

I think it's an AWESOME idea/plan. SOMETHING must be done to stop the spread of the virus. Especially the DELTA Variant. It's the DEADLIEST so far.What if it mutates ? Yes!!! Do it France! Why would you not want the vaccine? It makes you feel a bit feverish for a day, but after that you're immune to the pandemic. Totally worth it.

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That because the pass would be then of freedom. Which is the same thing the Nazis wanted. Is this called liberty ? This must be that social Darwinism I keep hearing about It's France. It's what they do. For all those who are new to this working from home Bitcoin trading options Here's a little tip: Get a trusted Bitcoin expert and stick to her lisaFx090 Invest and play at similar times each day. Because : In times of chaos, your investment is your anchor to success

It’s easy! Get vaccinated! Good job France! We need more people like you. The un-vaccinated people are so angry, they playing victim to circumstances they created. It should be crime for someone unwilling to protect the lives of people around them by infecting others with this virus. ImVaxxedAreYou I would protest that too especially here in the United States of America where we’re free freedom around the country as we will at our leisure without the Marxist government trying to tell us what to do

Let em die in the street

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So glad to know that the stupidity is not just here in America. Freedom screw em. I wish they’d try that in the US. Please Pull Up Oh look there are stupid people in France too. 🤦‍♀️ This is ridiculous... Millions more agree that the vaccine pass is the way to go. All countries should adopt this policy. cdnpoli onpoli

All healthcare workers and teachers should be vaccinated, it’s a no brainer.

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The trees are voting for the axe again. Hold strong France. We should all be following your lead. 👍 Mostly conspiracy folks and likely anti vaxxers as well.

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France Mandates Vaccine Passport To Visit Eiffel Tower, Other Tourist Sites—And Restaurants Are NextIf you want to visit the Eiffel Tower, you're going to need a vaccine passport wow Lolz. RIP French tourism Welcome to the People’s Democratic Dictatorship of Frankia, home of the human rights. 💫