Macron pledges to infuriate France’s unvaccinated by tightening restrictions amid omicron surge
“I am not for pissing off the French … however, the unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off,” he said in an interview published Tuesday in the French newspaper Le Parisien.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to make daily life more inconvenient for unvaccinated people in the country, which is facing a spike in coronavirus infections
driven by the omicron variant, reports the Washington Post.
“I am not for pissing off the French … however, the unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off,” he said in an interview published Tuesday
in the French newspaper Le Parisien. “I’m not going to throw [the unvaccinated] in prison. I’m not going to get them vaccinated by force. … We put pressure on the unvaccinated by limiting their access to social activities as much as possible.”
Macron’s remarks come as his government moves to impose more restrictions on the unvaccinated. France requires people to present proof of vaccination, recovery from past infection or a recent negative coronavirus test to access venues such as restaurants and cinemas. But the government is pushing through a bill that would remove the option of providing a negative test for entry.
The president had said in November
that vaccine passports would allow Paris to avoid the strict lockdown of the unvaccinated that countries such as Austria have implemented.
The potential tightening of the system has sparked anger among anti-vaccination activists and extremist politicians, though numerous polls indicate a majority of the country supports vaccine passports.
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