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France prepares as Anti-health pass protests erupt

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On Saturday, protests in France have erupted against special health passes needed to enter restaurants.

The police forces braced along the Champs-Elysees in Paris to prevent breaking into the famed avenue by reckless protestors.

Around 3,000 security members were deployed in the French capital for a third wave of the weekly protests.

Legislators have passed a virus bill requiring the pass in most places as of August 9 as virus infections are spiking and hospitalizations are rising. 

As viral infections are soaring and hospitalizations are on the rise, legislation was passed on August 9 requiring the health-pass to be presented in most places.

According to polls, most of the French population support the move. However, some opposition remains.

The Health-pass requires proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test result or a recent recovery from Covid-19.

All healthcare workers are to be vaccinated by the middle of September, the pass mandates.

On the same day, Four other protests were held in Paris and marches were called around France, raising the word “Liberty” as their slogan.

The participants in the two protests last weekend were far-right activists, yellow vests, and others who believe the pass limits their freedom.

Police regularly used water hoses and tear gas to prevent violence, especially after protesters swarmed the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysees.

Francois Asselineau, the anti-EU Popular Republican Union party leader and a hardcore activist against the pass, came down with Covid-19 and did not attend the protest this week.

Asselineau denounced the pass in a video at his party’s site and said the pass is “absurd, unjust and liberty-killing.”

France is implementing the pass due to the highly infectious Delta variant.

Over 24,000 new daily cases were confirmed on Friday night, compared to a few thousand a day earlier this month.

After the Constitutional Council has approved it, the government announced that the Health Pass would be enforced as of August 9.

This made many french citizens sign up for vaccines so their social lives won’t get affected during the summer holiday. 

Currently, vaccines are available in various locations, including beaches.

Over 52% of the French population has been vaccinated.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 111,800 people have died of Covid-19 in France. 

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