In the French city of Nantes, police used tear gas against protesters. A video from Nantes, broadcast by an Izvestia correspondent, shows demonstrators booing law enforcement officers in response.
On July 24, in a number of cities in France, rallies were held that did not agree with the tightening of coronavirus measures with the country. The authorities plan to introduce sanitary passes for visiting catering establishments and cultural institutions.
While in Paris a peaceful demonstration escalated into serious clashes with the police, about 4,000 local residents took part in the rally in Nantes, who tried not to confront law enforcement officers.
However, when the protesters gathered outside the local prefecture building, the security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Leaving the square, the protesters shouted condemningly, clapped and whistled at the law enforcement officers.
After that, the demonstrators moved to the roadway, where they began to obstruct the movement of the police and public transport in every possible way, building barricades of street equipment, including benches, writes Ouest France…
By evening, the protesters dispersed. The detentions are not reported.
The protests in Paris came after French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a televised address to the nation on July 12, in which he outlined a series of new restrictive measures against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was announced that from the beginning of August, shopping centers, trains, planes and catering establishments will be allowed only with sanitary passes confirming vaccination or a negative test for COVID-19.
In addition, in the country from September 15, all medical workers who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus will no longer be able to work and will not receive a salary.
On July 19, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said that the fourth wave of coronavirus has begun in France, and with a higher rate of infection.