As we previously reported, from August French citizens will have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to take part in basic life activities such as shopping, dining out, going to a hospital, and using public transport.
People in Paris responded on Bastille Day with a lively protest that led to French police using tear gas to disperse the crowd.
“The police stepped in shortly after scores of protesters marched down a boulevard in central Paris on Wednesday without permission from the Paris authorities,” reports Reuters. “Some wore badges saying “No to the health pass”.
Summit.news reports: Police vans and riot police also blocked off roads in an attempt to prevent the procession of the protest.
There were also riots and protests after the French government previously tried to make taking the vaccination a condition of using public transport, leading to the proposed bill being shelved.
It remains to be seen whether the unrest will build and force Macron into another U-turn.
France was beset with many months of Yellow Vest protests that began in late 2018 and only ended in March 2020 due to the first COVID-19 lockdown.
The Gilets Jaunes is a populist movement that unifies concerns shared by both the left and right, meaning it could rise again as a rebellion against COVID passes if the French government persists in mandating such draconian measures.
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