The protesters put up posters against the so-called “health dictatorship” and with demands such as “freedom” and “leave my body alone”. Photo: Reproduction / Twitter

About 114,000 people, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, demonstrated in the main cities of France this Saturday (17) against the latest government measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, which they call the “health dictatorship “.

The measures must be approved next Monday by the Council of Ministers and will be debated in the National Assembly two days later. These include making the vaccination of healthcare workers compulsory and requiring a passport with a full vaccination program or a negative Covid-19 test to access a large number of social activities.

Protesters posted posters against the so-called “health dictatorship” and with demands such as “freedom” and “leave my body in peace”, as well as denunciations such as “covid kills democracy”, the protesters marched to express their discontent.

“I understand those who hesitate to demonstrate, but I think that we must convince all our fellow citizens to be vaccinated at all costs,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex said today on a trip to Anglet. “The line is clear: we must be vaccinated,” he reiterated.

The new measures, announced by President Emmanuel Macron last Monday, aim to encourage vaccination to fight the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, which already represents more than 67% of all new infections detected in France.