French President Emmanuel Macron | Photo: EFE / EPA / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of France this Saturday to protest against Emmanuel Macron’s measures aimed at putting pressure on the unvaccinated against the Covid-19, stimulated in particular by the speech of the French president against the against the vaccination.

The acts were called in dozens of cities across the country and resulted in a few riots, such as during one of the protests in Paris and Montpellier, where police used tear gas to restore order. The Interior Ministry reported 34 arrests across the country and a dozen police officers were lightly injured.

Last Tuesday, in an interview with “Le Parisien” newspaper, Macron turned against anti-vaccines, which he described as irresponsible and said he wanted to “irritate them”. The French government has sent a bill to the National Assembly to require the presentation of a vaccination certificate for many common acts of social life in France, for which a health certificate has been required since July.

This means that it will not be enough to have a recent negative test, but that you will have to present a complete immunization schedule, for example, to have a drink in a bar or a restaurant, to go to the movies, to a concert or to a stadium, or for traveling in long-distance public transport, such as a bus, train, plane or boat. On Thursday, the bill was approved at first reading in the National Assembly and now begins to be dealt with in the plenary session of the Senate from next Tuesday.