French political update
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On Saturday, thousands of people staged protests in cities across France for the third consecutive weekend, calling for an end to what they believe to be strict rules and forcing them to be vaccinated against their will.
They marched in the streets of Paris, Lyon, Marseille and other places, chanting “This is a health dictatorship!” and “No vaccinations, no health passes!” in protests that included a wide range of social and political movements.
Staunch Communists marched with supporters of the far-right National Unity Party and some supporters from the Yellow Vest Movement against a new law that requires medical staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and requires anyone who wants to enter the restaurant People in public places such as, bars, etc. show health passes and high-speed trains.
“This is an experimental vaccine, and we don’t know what side effects it will have on ourselves or our children,” said Catherine Largo, a 42-year-old dental assistant who is legally obligated to get the vaccine before the fall, but said she would refuse this way.
The vaccine used in France has been extensively tested worldwide and has been approved by European and French medical institutions.
“I won’t be able to find another job because what else can I do?” she said when she arrived at one of the four protests in Paris on Saturday afternoon. “We should have a choice, we should have the freedom to choose.”
Although the final version of the law was watered down last weekend, there are still a few French citizens who oppose rules that they believe violate their personal freedom. However, despite countless angry opponents, the policy has so far proven successful in increasing vaccination rates and has been recognized by the general public.
According to the Ipsos-Sopra Steria poll conducted this month, more than 60% of people support health passes to enter public places, and 70% support mandatory vaccination of caregivers.
One of the protesters who went missing this week was François Asselineau, the chairman of the People’s Republican Party who supported France’s Brexit. He was an enthusiastic activist against the health pass, and he tested for Covid-19 on Friday. After being positive, he could not participate in the parade in Paris.
The 2022 presidential candidate said he was experiencing “body aches, fever, and coughing.” video It was posted on his party’s website, but told his followers that he had obtained ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as treatments. The two controversial drug scientists said there was no proven benefit for Covid-19.
Macron announced the expansion of the use of health passes in the vaccination campaign, which is losing momentum and the highly contagious delta variant is spreading rapidly.
So far, his decision to promote a tough vaccination strategy seems to have paid off. According to government data compiled by Covidtracker.fr, after stagnating at around 160,000 last month, the first dose injected per day has risen to more than 350,000.
According to our data world, France has already surpassed the United States in the proportion of fully vaccinated population-52%, compared with 50% in the United States and 56% in the United Kingdom.
only 7% are hospitalized According to data released by the French government this week, between May 31 and July 11, all the Covid-19 vaccines in France have been vaccinated.