- This week, Macron stated that he wanted to irritate unvaccinated people by making their lives so difficult that they would have to get vaccinated.
- In France, people must already show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter restaurants and bars and interregional ride trains.
On Saturday, anti-vaccine protesters gathered in cities across France to denounce President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to “piss off” people who denied taking the COVID-19 vaccine by restricting their civil liberties.
Macron stated this week that he wanted to irritate unvaccinated people by making their lives so difficult that they’d have to get vaccinated. He went on to say that unvaccinated people were irresponsible and unfit to be considered citizens.
Protesters in Paris retaliated by adopting his slangy language, chanting, “We’ll piss you off.”
Others carried signs reading “No to the Vaccine Pass,” a reference to Macron’s legislative move to require evidence of vaccination for entry to places such as cafes, bars, and museums.
At one location, television images showed skirmishes between protesters and police. Protesters also marched through Marseille, Nantes, and Le Mans, among other cities.
“(Macron’s remarks) were the icing on the cake).” “We are not irresponsible,” said Virginie Houget, a hospital administrator who avoided a mandatory vaccine order for health workers after contracting COVID-19 late last year.
Protesters accuse Macron of infringing on citizens’ rights and treating them unequally. He claims that freedoms come with responsibilities, one of which protects others’ health.
For the second week in a row, France saw more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections on Friday. Hospitalizations, including COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs), are steadily increasing, injuring the healthcare system.
According to some hospitals, about 85% of ICU patients are not protected against COVID-19. According to data, 90% of over-12s eligible for the COVID shot are fully vaccinated.
In France, people must already show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter restaurants and bars and interregional ride trains. However, because Omicron infections are rising, the government wants to eliminate the test option.
Macron’s blunt language appeared calculated three months before a presidential election, tapping into mounting frustration against the unvaccinated.
Valerie Pecresse, a Conservative challenger, said Macron was driving a wedge through the country. Eric Zemmour, a far-right candidate, slammed the president’s obnoxious remarks.
Protesters in the streets of the capital accused Macron of politicizing the pandemic in the run-up to the election.
“I want him to irritate drug dealers and criminals, not the average person,” one protester, who requested anonymity because he owns a business, said.
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