France sees third weekend of protests against mandatory ‘health pass’

More than 150,000 protesters are expected to take to the streets across France on Saturday to protest the Covid-19 health pass that is now mandatory for entry to many public cultural venues.

Some 161,000 people gathered for similar protests last week and 110,000 took to the streets a week earlier.

More than 3,000 police and gendarmes have been mobilized to deal with the protesters and secure vulnerable landmarks. Protests are planned in more than 150 French cities, including Montpellier, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice and Nantes.

According to the results of a Harris Interactive x Euros Agency survey for LCI published Friday, 4 out of 10 French people say they support the demonstrations. Of those who support the protesters, 65 percent say they do so because they oppose the mandatory nature of the new measures and “have no choice”.

But according to another Ipsos-Sopra Steria survey for Franceinfo and Le Parisien on July 16, 62 percent of French people overall said they were in favor of requiring a health pass to enter public places. About 69 percent said they supported mandatory vaccination for health workers, a measure that will come into effect in France in September.

Stricter restrictions in August

From July 21, people wishing to enter French cinemas, museums, sports competitions and other cultural venues must show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or test negative as the country faces a spike in cases of the Delta variant. . The so-called health pass, or passe sanitaire, is mandatory for all events or places with more than 50 people.

Once inside, people can remove their face masks, but masks must still be worn in shops or businesses or on public transport.

From August, the pass will become mandatory for access to shopping centres, cafes and restaurants – even on France’s famous outdoor terraces.

( Jowharwith AFP)

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