(RepublicanInformer.com)- In July, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that COVID health passes would be required to enter bars, restaurants and cafes. Despite immediate pushback and protests, health passes went into effect this month.
These COVID health passes, which either show that a person has been vaccinated, had a recent negative coronavirus test or has developed natural immunity due to a previous infection, are required for anyone over the age of twelve.
Not even half of France’s population has been vaccinated despite vaccines being widely available. Claiming it is the people’s “civic” duty to get vaccinated, Macron’s plan is to offer added freedoms in exchange for proof of vaccination by imposing restrictions on those who are not vaccinated.
This did not go over well among many of the French people. In late July some 160,000 people protested across the country, with many of them chanting “Liberty! Liberty!”
The protests have continued for the last five weekends. But it did not good.
France’s COVID health passes and restrictions went into effect on August 9.
That same day, video was posted on social media showing Paris police officers harassing outdoor diners demanding to see their papers.
WATCH: Police in Paris are checking cafe customers for their vaccine passports. Violators can be fined. pic.twitter.com/eUvH8RLHDl
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) August 9, 2021
Video posted on Twitter last Monday showed that outdoor cafes along the Champs Elysées in Paris were empty as many Parisians, protesting the draconian orders, are opting to sit on public benches instead — where the COVID passes are not required.
🇫🇷🔴Incroyable les terrasses de cafés restaurants sont vides sur les Champs Elysées #Paris 😱Par contre beaucoup de monde sur les bancs publics depuis le #PassSanitaire 😄#BoycottPassSanitaire #PassSanitaireDeLaHonte #manif14aout #AntiPasseSanitaire
Crédits : @independenzatv pic.twitter.com/MzV5gBfkrp
— Tata Suzanne (@TataSuzanne0) August 9, 2021
Now with the passes in place, the protests have amplified. On Saturday, August 14, more than 215,000 protesters descended on French cities and towns protesting these draconian orders. While most of the protests throughout have been peaceful, there have been some that turned violent – with fights breaking out between police and protesters.
As a result, French officials are calling on police to bolster security around vaccination centers which have been targets of more than a dozen attacks since July.
According to recent polling, almost 70 percent of the French support some kind of restrictions on those who are not vaccinated. Naturally the media is portraying this opposition to COVDI health passes as coming from the “Far Right” and the likes of Marine La Pen and the Yellow Vest movement.