More than 100,000 protest Macron’s plan to ‘piss off the unvaccinated’

More than 100,000 protest Macron's plan to 'piss off the unvaccinated'
Demonstrators hold a banner reading " The youth piss off the vaccine front " during a protest against the health pass on Saturday. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP
More than 100,000 people across France protested on Saturday over what they say are government plans to further restrict the rights of the unvaccinated.

The protest came only days after French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to “piss off” those refusing the jab.

The turnout was four times higher than the numbers who answered the December 18 call to protest, when 25,500 people marched across the country, according to government estimates.

The protests oppose a planned law that will require individuals to prove they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can eat out, travel on inter-city trains or attend cultural events.

On Thursday, France’s lower house of parliament passed the controversial bill in a first reading. The government has said it expects the new requirements to be implemented by January 15, although lawmakers in the Senate could now delay the process.

About 18,000 protesters gathered in Paris. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP

Interior ministry officials said 105,200 people participated in Saturday’s protests across France, 18,000 of them in the capital Paris, where police reported 10 arrests and three officers slightly injured. Elsewhere there were 24 arrests and seven police officers lightly injured according to the ministry.

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Among the larger demonstrations, around 6,000 demonstrators turned out in Toulon, while in Montpellier police used teargas during clashes with protesters.

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The Paris protesters, many of them unmasked, braved the cold and rain brandishing placards emblazoned with the word “truth” and “No to vaccine passes”.

Others took aim at Macron, using the same coarse language he employed in his attack on people holding out against vaccination earlier in the week.

Macron said Friday that he fully stands by controversial remarks he made on Tuesday, when he vowed to “piss off” people not vaccinated against Covid-19 until they accept shots.

The earthy language and uncompromising approach provoked uproar in French media and from opponents.


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  1. Hi all. Thanks for commenting on stories on The Local. It’s good to read the views of readers, but some of the comments descend into personal abuse which we cannot accept. When commenting please stick to the subject and make your point without resorting to personal attacks. We will be forced to close the comment section if readers cannot be civil to each other and ban them from commenting. Thanks. Ben McPartland (managing editor)

  2. Governments come and go. If you support them blindly, you’ll end up going dizzy from all the somersaulting. By the way , my posting on the Govt exemption to allow Covid infected doctors and nurses to carry on working was not a ‘British’ opinion, just an opinion. You and boggy should try engaging with the subject or don’t bother posting.

  3. Read more intelligent journals than this blog and the Daily Mail and you never know even you might learn something But one doubts it.

  4. Why are you so rude?

    You obviously don’t like the French government helping their citizens, perhaps you’d be happier as the previous poster mentioned returning to your preferred home country.

  5. I think you are confusing country and governments roles in protecting their citizens, and looking at your other posts, rude is most definitely your raison d’être.

    Do not bother to reply, I really am not interested in your “British” opinion, people like yourself was one of the many reasons I left to find a much better place to live.

  6. I would love it, Harley, if the French Govt were to help their citizens. So would millions of French citizens. Like Boggy, of course, you confuse Government with country. You might have left all your critical faculties at Dover but that’s not the case , fortunately, for most. As for being rude, I think if you look at the posts in the order they were posted you’ll find that ‘being rude’ is not only Boggy’s default position but his only reason for posting.

  7. Unless, Boggy, French citizens are anatomically different from everyone else, explain how this instruction /exemption is protective of their health. You seem, however, to be intellectually incapable of addressing the issue in any of your posts so why do you bother ? Were you a bit ‘slow’ at school ?

  8. Keep your nose out of French affairs that are designed to protect French citizens. If you are not prepared to abide by your host country’s rules, go back to your plaque island. Try reading some decent French papers for a change, you might learn something to your advantage. Hang on though, they are in French.

  9. The regulation being rolled out next week is an exemption to self-isolation requirements for healthcare workers . It will not be employed uniformly but will empower individual hospitals to make the decision for themselves. The 50% of staff absent you quoted is the criteria that Marseilles hospital will use. Why the Government prefers to retain vaccinated, Covid infected staff whilst suspending unvaccinated, uninfected staff will no doubt remain a mystery.

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