Demonstrations against vaccination and the health pass in France
PSeveral thousand people, in at least three rallies, demonstrated Saturday afternoon in Paris against vaccination, the “dictatorship” or the health pass, met AFP journalists. Gatherings were held in other towns in France.
The first procession, made up of a few thousand people, started from the Palais-Royal (1st arrondissement) before crossing the Seine with cries of “Freedom”, “No to the health dictatorship” or “Macron resignation.
At the head of the procession, where the French flags flourished, were the former number 2 of the National Front Florian Philippot, the former LREM deputy covidosceptic Martine Wonner, the singer Francis Lalanne or the former muse “yellow vests” Jacline Mouraud .
A few leaflets diverting the yellow star with the mention “sanitary pass” were visible.
Before the demonstration, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, president of Debout la France, held a press conference in front of the Constitutional Council. He denounced an “unprecedented abuse of power” and a “health coup”, after the announcements of Emmanuel Macron. With the sanitary pass in everyday life, it is according to him the “beginning of a gear towards a dictatorship”.
At the same time, around 1,500 people demonstrated in the streets of the south of the capital, in a disparate procession, before a police cordon. Finally, a few dozen people participating in another unauthorized gathering at Place de la République.
Demonstrations are taking place in many other cities in France. Some 400 people marched in the morning in Quimper, 1,200 in Perpignan, 1,700 in Clermont-Ferrand, 2,300 in Valence (Drôme). In Dijon, the police used tear gas and the circulation of trams was briefly interrupted by demonstrators chanting “Freedom! Freedom !”.
Parades were announced in other cities in the afternoon, such as Montpellier or Lyon.