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France’s health passport protests enter sixth weekend: Where and when demos will take place

Protests against France’s pass sanitaire are planned in towns and cities across the country for the sixth weekend in a row. If you want to avoid being caught up in protests, here's where the demos are taking place.

France's health passport protests enter sixth weekend: Where and when demos will take place
Photo: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / AFP

Last weekend, nearly 215,000 people took part in anti-health pass marches the length and breadth of the country, according to official figures – down from the 237,000 who had joined protests the previous week.

It was the first drop in participation numbers since the first protests were staged in mid-July.

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Four marches are planned in Paris, including two organised by members of the ‘yellow vests’ movement, and one headed by hard-right politician Florian Philippot – who was Marine Le Pen’s number two before leaving her side to form his own political party, Les Patriotes.

The first of the yellow vest protests starts at 11:30am at Place de Fontenoy. The procession, which will leave at 1pm, will head to Bercy.

The second yellow vest-led protest meets at Place de la Bourse from 1.30pm, and will set off in the direction of Place Emond Rostand at 3pm.

Philippot’s protest is at Place Denfert-Rochereau from 2.30pm.

The fourth protest, organised by Paris pour la liberté – a collective formed in March 2020 in protest at the government’s management of the Covid crisis – will meet at Place du Châtelet from 1pm before setting off towards Place Edmond Rostand at 2.30pm.

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Protests elsewhere include those at: 

  • Agen – 2pm Place Gravier

  • Aix-en-Provence – 10am Place Général de Gaulle

  • Bayonne – 2pm Mairie

  • Bordeaux – 11am Place de la Victoire

  • Briançon – 2pm Champ de Mars

  • Caen – 2pm Théâtre Caen

  • Calais – 2pm Théâtre

  • Clermont-Ferrand – 2pm Place De Jaude

  • Dax – 10am Place Mairie

  • Dieppe – 10am Gare

  • Dunkerque – 2pm Place Jean Bart

  • Fréjus – 2pm Base Nature François Léotard

  • Grenoble – 2.30pm Place Verdun

  • Guingamps – 10am Place Vally

  • Hendaye – 3pm Place de la République

  • La Rochelle – 1pm Parvis de l’Aquarium

  • Le Havre – 2pm Hotel de Ville

  • Lille – 12pm Place de la République

  • Limoges – 2pm Place Jourdan

  • Lyon – 2pm Gare des Brotteaux jusque Place Macé

  • Marseille – 2pm Vieux-Port

  • Metz – 2pm Place de la République

  • Montpellier – 2pm Comédie

  • Nancy – 2pm Place Maginot

  • Nice – 2pm Garibaldi

  • Nîmes – 5pm Préfecture

  • Orléans – 2.30pm Place République

  • Pau – 10am Place Verdun

  • Perpignan – 2pm Place Catalogne

  • Quimper – 2pm Croix des Gardiens

  • Rennes – 2pm – Place République

  • Rouen – 2pm Place de l’Hôtel de Ville

  • Saint-Jean-de-Luz – 3pm Place Louis XIV

  • Strasbourg – 1pm Place Kléber

  • Tarbes – 2pm Place Verdun
  • Toulouse – 2pm Métro Jean Jaurès

  • Vannes – 2pm Esplanade du Port

  • Versailles – 12pm Place d’Armes

On August 19th, the Health Ministry reported some 4.7million people in France have had their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine this month alone. By that date, more than 40.5 million French residents were fully vaccinated, while 47.1 million have had at least one shot.

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Students blockade Paris schools in election protest

Students blockaded five schools in Paris on Tuesday to demonstrate their political concerns ahead of the second round of the Presidential elections on Sunday.

Students blockade Paris schools in election protest

In addition to the five blockaded lycées, the université Paris 8 in Saint-Denis was closed “for security reasons”.

The students – who are too young to make their voices heard at the ballot box – were protesting against the options available to voters in the second round – where incumbent Emmanuel Macron takes on far-right leader Marine Le Pen – and follows earlier student protests at the Sorbonne.

Many were demonstrating in protest at what they saw as inadequate policies on climate change and social issues from both candidates in the final round of voting, as well as the lack of choice for the electorate.

“It is a continuation of what happened at the Sorbonne,” one student told AFP. “We want a third social round, because the two candidates qualified for the second round have no social or ecological programmes. 

“We want to give a new breath to this Fifth Republic a little at the end of the race.

“We are fed up with the fascist state. We are here against Marine Le Pen, against fascism, for the climate and against capitalism,” another student at the lycée Louis-le-Grand in the capital’s fifth arrondissement said.

“We have blocked all the entrances. We will stay there as long as possible.”

About 100 students blockaded the prestigious school. Some students chant slogans against the “Front National” – the former name of second-round candidate Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National party.

The blockades ended peacefully at the end of the day.

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