Opponents of the mandatory health card and vaccination against Covid-19 demonstrated quietly in France on Saturday. Once again, there were slightly fewer protesters than last week. Many have refused a possible vaccination of their children or grandchildren, but this vaccination is not included in the program.
The rallies gathered 175,503 people across France, according to the interior ministry, compared to 214,845 last week, which was already a decrease. From the north to the south of the country, there were appearances for the sixth weekend in a row, without major incidents. The ministry said that twenty people were arrested and a member of the security forces was injured.
“Get vaccinated if you want, but we’re against a hospital or shopping health card, we demand the repeal of the law” from Bo, Jerome Rodriguez, one of the leaders of the “yellow vests”, told 2,700 protesters in the city. There have been four rallies in Paris, two of which were initiated by the yellow vests and one called by Florian Levipute, the former man of the far-right National Front.
“Healthy Traffic”, subsidized by a large majority of the French, is applicable to bars, restaurants, healthcare and the train, among other places. The health card was extended to more than 120 malls and department stores on Monday. This relates to proof of full vaccination, Covid test 72 hours before or proof of illness in the past six months.
Many parents and grandparents are concerned about the possibility of extending vaccination to those under 12, but this measure is not currently on the agenda in France, as confirmed by Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer.
In the past 24 hours, more than 800 people with Covid-19 have been hospitalized in France, including 165 in intensive care, according to public health figures on Saturday. More than six in ten residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the French Ministry of Health.
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