This figure, revealed by the Ministry of Interior, confirms that it is much lower than the figures recorded in the past weeks, as on September 25, 60 thousand people protested against the Covid health certificate, or what is known as the “health passport”.
That card, which confirms that its owner has received the full vaccine, or that he has a negative test result for the virus, has become mandatory to enter restaurants, cafes, entertainment venues, large shopping centers, transportation, and long-distance public transport.
She attributed Valerie, one of the demonstrators in the city of Lyon, southeast of the country, the decline in the number of participants in the demonstrations to bad weather.
In her interview with Sky News Arabia, she said, “Rain or a scorching sun, I will go out every Saturday to say no to the health passport, my body belongs to me, I do not accept the imposition of a passport that limits my freedom of movement and my access to the most basic rights. And whoever was unable to attend today, it is certain that he is with us in his heart and ill It was the weather that prevented him from coming.”
Adolescent health declaration raises the level of anger
Since Thursday, September 30, the health permit for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 officially began. Minors at least 12 years old must have a health pass to ride a train, go to the cinema, a swimming pool or enter a restaurant.
And unlike unvaccinated adults, all minors will be able to continue to systematically benefit from free coronavirus tests after October 15.
Many parents consider the decision unfair to their children, including Gerard, a mathematics professor and father of two children over the age of 13.
Speaking to Sky News Arabia, he explained angrily, “I am here for my children. They want to control the lives of young people in an indirect way, by preventing them from the manifestations of pleasure and happiness. But we do not want children who are submissive and forced. And their age does not allow determining whether they want undergo vaccination or not.
Prior to the imposition of the health passport for adolescents, Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer welcomed, on Monday, September 20, the progress made in vaccinating middle and high school students against COVID-19.
In terms of numbers, he stated that the proportion of students between the ages of 12 and 17 who have already received their first injection, exceeded 69%.
Between right and discrimination
For her part, human rights activist, Liesel Tranzler, said in her statement to Sky News Arabia that “the passport application creates a distinction between the French who have been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated in order to gain access to cultural and entertainment venues.”
She continues, “Until now, the vaccine is mandatory for some professions, especially in the public medical sector. This means that those who refuse to be vaccinated will be dispensed with.”
With regard to children, the human rights activist explains that there is no obligation to vaccinate them against Covid-19, but it can be seen that there is a large vaccination campaign for children and adolescents. In addition, a child between the ages of 12 and 15 may be required to be vaccinated with only one parent’s permission. From the age of sixteen, although a child is a minor, it is possible to vaccinate without the consent of his parents.
However, Transler goes on to say, “It is known that in French law, both parents have joint parental authority and therefore permission is required from both parents regarding the child’s education, health and life choices as long as he is a minor.”
And remember that there are now eleven compulsory vaccinations for children in France. It is the parents who have parental authority, which makes them personally responsible for fulfilling the obligation to immunize.
She concludes with Sky News Arabia, “Many parents are concerned and do not refuse to vaccinate their children. This can be properly understood because we do not have a sufficient perspective from clinical studies and adverse effects. As time passes, we have noticed that many side effects appear in the regular reports issued by the agency. National Medicines.
Passport until summer 2022
According to Gabriel Attal, a French government spokesman, the government is studying a bill that would allow it to continue using the health pass until next summer.
In an interview with journalists after a cabinet meeting, he added that a draft law in this regard will be presented to ministers on October 13, before the legal validity of the certificate expires on November 15.