French protest demands “freedom” in government vaccination promotion

Paris — Thousands march across France on Saturday, President Emmanuel Macron forces medical workers to vaccinate and demands a free COVID-19 certificate to enter places such as bars, restaurants and cinemas Protested the plan to do.

Macron this week announced drastic steps to combat the surge in coronavirus infections. Protesters say this violates the freedom of choice of those who do not want vaccination.

Measures already prompted protests earlier this week, forcing police to use tear gas to disperse protesters.

“Everyone is a sovereign in their body. The President of the Republic never has the right to determine my personal health,” said one Parisian protester who calls himself Christel. I did.

The march in France’s largest cities such as Marseille, Lyon and Lille and in many smaller centers also includes the “Yellow Vest” protesters trying to revive the rebel movements suppressed by the blockade of the coronavirus. Was there.

Prime Minister Jean Castex, who visited a center in Anglet, southwestern France, said vaccination, which is not currently required for the general public, is the only way to fight the virus.

“I’ve heard that I’m reluctant, but I think I have to convince all citizens to get vaccinated. This is the best way to deal with this health crisis,” Castex said.

Early on Saturday, Castex’s office received all shots while France tightened restrictions on unvaccinated travelers from a range of countries and countered the rebound of COVID-19 infection. He said he would open the door to people.

“The delta variant is here. Don’t hide the truth. It’s more contagious than the previous one. Castex told reporters in southwestern France that he mentioned the first variant identified in India. Said.

By Antone Paone and Sybille de La Hamaide

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