For the eighth consecutive week, tens of thousands of people opposed to the implementation of the health pass and the mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus have again taken to the streets in many French cities. In Paris, where up to five protests had been scheduled, minor incidents have taken place in the Les Halles shopping center. There have been three arrests, according to the BFMTV channel.
The anti-establishment of the yellow vests and some sectors of the extreme right have been represented in the demonstrations. Florian Philippot, the former number two of the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, has led some of the main mobilizations under the slogan of “Freedom” and with slogans against President Emmanuel Macron.
In force for almost a month, the health pass is a QR code that is generated when a person has the complete vaccine schedule, an antigen test or negative PCR with 72 hours of validity or a coronavirus cure certification. In practice, this code aims to stimulate vaccination in a country where 45.4 million people have both injections, equivalent to 67.3% of the French population.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations for covid continue to decline. This Saturday they have reached 10,654 people, of which 2,223 were in intensive care. In the last 24 hours, 85 people have died.