Nearly 48,000 people in the country demonstrated another, the 12th Saturday in a row, against sanitary passes, the French interior ministry said. The ministry added that a total of 173 protests took place that day.
The largest number of protesters gathered in Paris, where five demonstrations were organized, with a total of 5,335 participants. In addition, protests were held in, among others, Rennes, Nantes, Bordeaux, Marseille, Lyon and Nice. In total, almost 48,000 people across France demonstrated for the 12th consecutive Saturday against sanitary passes, the Interior Ministry said.
During the day of the protests, three demonstrators were arrested, the ministry said. The number of people taking part in demonstrations has been steadily declining. On the last Saturday of September, about 60,000 people manifested.
Obligation to show sanitary passports in France
A sanitary passport is required in France to enter swimming pools, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, amusement parks, zoos, sports halls, museums, cinemas or long-distance public transport. From Thursday in France, people aged 12-17 also have to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative coronavirus test when entering public places. Unlike unvaccinated adults, young people under the age of 18 will still be able to benefit from free PCR testing after October 15th. French government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday that the authorities wanted to maintain the obligation to show sanitary passports in public places until the summer of 2022.
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