On Friday evening, vandals used fire hoses to flood a clinic in Lans-en-Vercors, reports BBC News, and on Saturday, a site in Urrugne was partially destroyed in an arson attack. Anti-vaccine graffiti was also found near the Lans-en-Vercors clinic.
Since the start of the pandemic, at least 111,000 people have died from COVID-19 in France. New cases of coronavirus are on the rise and the French government wants to stop the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. After scientists advising the government warned that a fourth wave was on the way, French President Emmanuel Macron announced new mitigation measures, including mandatory vaccinations for health workers and passes to show that people are fully vaccinated.
This sparked the weekend’s protests, where protesters, encouraged by far-right politician Florian Philippot, marched with placards claiming their freedom was being taken away from them because of the measures. Just over 50% of the French population has received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine and less than 40% is fully vaccinated. Since Macron’s announcement, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up for the vaccine, BBC News reports.