In Paris, at two proclaimed marches, people shouted: “Let’s liberate France,” “Macron, take your card and get out.”

“Vaccines are causing harm,” says Philippe Bellol, a 71-year-old pensioner, one of the participants in a demonstration in the capital organized by Florian Filippo, former MP for the far-right National Union, Marine Le Pen, founder of the small Eurosceptic Patriots party. Ceremony.

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At a competitive rally organized by the “yellow vests” movement, retiree Mary Huggett cursed “the idea that she can’t go where she wants.”

Since mid-July, anti-government demonstrations have steadily escalated. Last weekend, according to the Interior Ministry, more than 237,000 people participated in it across the country. Persons.

So far, the protests have drawn in entire families and apolitical protesters, as well as medical caregivers or uniformed firefighters, without major incidents, and the anti-vaccination movement goes well beyond itself.

Tighten the rules

From Monday, a health declaration, stating that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have tested negative, will be applied in cafes, shops, galleries, restaurants and trains in France. Until now, it was only applicable to people who go to places of culture and entertainment. This does not apply to subway and suburban transportation.

Demonstrators accuse the government of underestimating the anti-passage protest movement.

A quarter of a million protesters

More than 200 demonstrations are scheduled across the country this weekend. Authorities estimate their number at “about 250,000 participants”.

Vaccine statistics soared recently when President Emmanuel Macron announced last month a plan to introduce mandatory sanitation permits. So far, about 70 percent of the vaccine has been taken in a single dose. The French, 57.5 percent of full vaccinations

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