From Monday, a vaccination certificate, negative PCR test or certificate of recovery from the disease will be required for restaurants, show rooms, professional fairs and long-distance transport
Almost 240,000 people came out to protest this Saturday in different cities in France for the fourth consecutive weekend against the covid-19 control measures, such as the health pass and the mandatory vaccination for health personnel. Around 237,000 protesters took part in the marches called in more than 150 cities, including 17,000 in Paris, according to the count by the Interior Ministry, a figure that exceeds 204,000 the previous Saturday.
The marches came within two days of the entry into force of many of the restrictions and coincided with a new message from the president, Emmanuel Macron, encouraging vaccination. As of this Monday, it will be necessary to present a certificate of being vaccinated, a negative PCR test or a certificate of recovery from the disease to be able to access cafes and restaurants, show rooms and professional fairs, or to take a long flight by plane , train or bus.
The president proposed these measures to accelerate the vaccination campaign, which this Saturday reached the figure of 44 million people with at least one dose (almost 66% of the population). But although the epidemic is spreading again, many French see these measures as an attack on civil liberties.
Also the ‘yellow vests’
“Macron, I don’t want your pass” or “Macron, we don’t even want to see you” were some of the slogans heard in the center of Paris, in a protest that featured ‘yellow vests’ among the participants. “The problem with the health pass is that they are imposing it on us,” lamented Alexandre Fourez, a 34-year-old marketing employee.
Most of the marches were peaceful. However, in Lyon there were seven arrested for throwing projectiles, while in Dijon some protesters blocked the tram line. The Interior Ministry indicated that there were 35 detainees in the country and seven agents suffered minor injuries.