On the tenth Saturday, about 180 demonstrations were organized against sanitary passes across France. Earlier, President Emmanuel Macron said he was ready to “lift certain restrictions” in “territories where the virus circulates more slowly”.
The tenth Saturday of the protests against sanitary passes in public places since late July coincided with the over 50 million people vaccinated against the coronavirus in France.
According to police, some 17,000 demonstrators marched in Paris on Saturday, and between 80,000 and 120,000 people gathered for demonstrations in the rest of the country.
In the Trocadero Square in Paris, several hundred people gathered with banners condemning the state of control of citizens and chanting: “Free France”.
“Vaccinated against lies” on banners
The demonstrations were attended by employees of the medical sector who oppose the mandatory vaccinations for the profession, which have been in force since Wednesday. “I did not get vaccinated and quit the service,” said a nurse from the Ile-de-France region who was present at the demonstration.
“We are not guinea pigs,” said protesting 37-year-old Armelle, a pediatric psychiatrist specialist in the Val-d’Oise department, which has been suspended since September 16, AFP said.
– I take care of my health as I believe it is right, out of self-respect I will not give up the right to choose – argued another demonstrator on the streets of Paris.
According to the Lyon prefecture, demonstrations gathered around 1,000 people in the afternoon and around 2,000 in Lille. Some banners read “Vaccinated Against Lies” or “Stop Stupidity”.
Macron on the possibility of “lifting certain restrictions”
President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he was ready to “lift certain restrictions” in “territories where the virus circulates more slowly” without giving a precise timetable for lifting the restrictions.
A sanitary passport is compulsory in France from July 21 in places with more than 50 people. Then it was expanded to include bars, restaurants and long-distance transport. September 30 will also apply to children and adolescents aged 12-17.
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