Some protesters sparked particular outrage after drawing parallels between their situation and that of Jews during the Holocaust. Some wore a yellow star indicating “not vaccinated,” others carried signs or shouted slogans comparing the health pass to a measure from the Nazi era.
“This comparison is odious,” said Joseph Szwarc, 94, a Holocaust survivor who spoke on Sunday as France commemorated the victims of racist or anti-Semitic acts by the Vichy government.
“I wore the star, I know what it is, I still have it in my flesh,” Szwarc said. mentionned during a ceremony in Paris.
Two vaccination centers were also vandalized this weekend. One, in southwestern France, near the Spanish border, suffered a fire that local authorities suspect to have been arson; another, in south-eastern France, near Grenoble, was inundated and sprayed with anti-vaccine graffiti.