The Covid-19 Vaccine Health Pass fuels French protests – .

The Covid-19 Vaccine Health Pass fuels French protests – .

French protesters took to the streets for the third Saturday in a row to protest new restrictions on unvaccinated people against Covid-19, a growing movement that threatens to complicate the country’s response to the coronavirus.
More than 204,000 demonstrators – many of whom decried what they called a “health dictatorship” and waved French banners and flags bearing the words “Liberty!” – marched in cities of France, including Marseille and Lyon, according to estimates from the French Ministry of the Interior.
In Paris, where 14,000 people reportedly participated in four separate marches, police mobilized 3,000 police officers across the city. At the end of the afternoon, there were scuffles scattered near the Place de la Bastille with police, who threw tear gas canisters into the crowd.
The weekly protests are a new challenge for President Emmanuel Macron, who said in mid-July that a health pass would be required to enter places like restaurants, in order to avoid another stoppage in the face of the rapid increase in coronavirus cases. The health pass is a scannable code to prove that an individual has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, recovered from it within the previous six months, or recently tested negative for it.
It comes into effect because the Delta variant has nearly quadrupled the average number of new cases diagnosed per day in France to over 21,000. Hospital deaths each day from Covid-19 have almost doubled to an average of 33 over the past week.


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