About 160,000 people gathered to protest a bill under discussion in the Senate that would require COVID-19 passes to enter all restaurants and bars nationwide, The Associated Press reported.
It is already mandatory for healthcare workers to be vaccinated or to be suspended without pay. Citizens must also use COVID-19 passes to enter cinemas, tourist sites and museums.
COVID-19 passes are given to those who are fully vaccinated, have natural immunity to a previous infection, or have had a negative coronavirus test in the past 72 hours.
The protests were mostly peaceful, with some protesters shouting “Freedom! During the rally.
However, some far-right protesters turned violent with police as authorities used water cannons and tear gas to disperse part of the crowd, according to the AP.
Protesters have been out for over a week to manifestation COVID-19 passes government says it must curb pandemic.
Although some are against the passes, there have been more than a million vaccine appointments made after the country’s president announcement the new measure.
France has reported nearly six million cases of coronavirus and more than 111,000 deaths.