For a fourth consecutive week, tens of thousands of people across France people gather for a rally against the COVID-19 health pass. Marches took place in 150 cities, about 237,000 people had taken part in protests — higher than the estimated 204,000 of the previous weekend. This was reported by Euronews with the reference to the Interior Ministry.
"The demonstrations came just two days before the use of the health pass — attesting that the holder has either been fully vaccinated, has recently tested negative or has recovered from the disease — is extended to bars, restaurants, and long-distance public transport. The health pass is already required to visit cultural and leisure venues with a capacity of more than 50 people," reads the message.
The extension was approved by the French constitutional Court. In one of several protests in Paris, hundreds marched from the western suburbs to the centre, chanting "Freedom!" and "Macron, we don't want your pass!"
Protests took place last month in Italy against a pass to access indoor dining, gyms, theatres, cinemas and other public places.
More than 79% of French adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 68% are fully inoculated.
As reported last weekend, residents of France gathered for a protest over the government's intention to introduce Covid passports in local restaurants and public transport. About 3,000 law enforcement officers were involved to maintain order in Paris amid the beginning of the third Saturday of protests.