(Paris) Again a little less numerous than in the previous week, opponents of the health passport and a possible vaccination against COVID-19 demonstrated calmly in France on Saturday, many vehemently reject a possible vaccination of their children or children’s children.
Posted on Aug 21, 2021 at 12:27 pm Updated at 2:17 pm
Leo MOUREN and the AFP Agence France-Presse offices
The processions gathered 175,503 people across France against 214,845 protesters in the previous week, a number that is already in decline, according to the Interior Ministry.
For its part, the militant collective Le Nombre Jaune, which publishes a city-by-city census, identified 357,100 “minimum” demonstrators in France against 388,843 demonstrators in the past week.
On this sixth mobilization weekend in a row, parades again took place from north to south, without any significant overflows. Twenty people were arrested and one member of the security forces was injured, Beauvau said.
“Get vaccinated if you want, but we are against a pass to the hospital or for shopping, we are calling for the law to be repealed”, announced one of the emblematic figures of the West movement in Pau (77,000 inhabitants), “Jérôme Rodrigues, the according to the police, 2,700 protesters face.
The health pass has been extended to more than 120 major shopping centers and stores in the Paris region and the southern half of France since Monday. This can be proof of full vaccination, an antigen test within 72 hours, or proof of illness within the last six months.
In Lille the procession – according to the prefecture 3,200 people – is left behind the sign “Let’s Macron with his passport and his stupid reforms”. A few firefighters and nurses appeared – subject to mandatory vaccination – like a woman in a white coat and waved the sign “Heroes yesterday, today bastards?” I’m fired! ”
“I am waiting for the French vaccine”
Many parents and grandparents were concerned about the possible extension of the vaccination to children under the age of 12.
This measure is “out of date” in France, said Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer on Thursday.
12-17 year olds have been able to be vaccinated since mid-June and 55% of them have already received a dose.
At the head of the procession in Bordeaux, demonstrators shouted “Don’t touch our children”. During the parade in Lille, José Mata, a 57-year-old teacher and grandfather, was not convinced by the official or scientific speeches and asked himself: “There is still a risk with this new vaccine, even if the risk is small. We don’t just give kids drugs […] So why a new vaccine? “.
According to the authorities, 4,100 demonstrated in Strasbourg, 4,000 in Marseille, 3,400 in Bordeaux and Toulouse, 3,200 in Lille, 3,000 in Bayonne, 2,500 in Nice and Aix-en-Provence, 2,300 in Nantes, 2,000 in Caen, 1,500 in Dijon, 1380 in Saint-Étienne, 900 in Roanne, 580 in Beauvais, 450 in Compiègne, 300 in Dunkirk… or 2,600 on Reunion Island.
The prefectures noted a reflux in Toulon (with 6000 participants) but an increase in Montpellier (9500).
The Paris demonstrators were divided into four rallies, including two at the initiative of collectives of the “yellow vests” and one at the request of Florian Philippot, ex-number 2 of the Front National, leader of the “Patriots”.
Monique Bourhis, 75 years old and “not vaccinated”, had taken the train from the Eure to Paris like “every Saturday” to demonstrate in Paris: “I don’t have to show a document to go to the café. I am not against the vaccine, but I’m waiting for the French (vaccine). There we will know what’s inside, “said this retired pensioner who was sensitive to Mr Philippot’s speech, defiant of the messenger RNA vaccines that equates them with “poison”.
More than 800 people with COVID-19 have been hospitalized in the past 24 hours, including 165 in intensive care units, admissions focused on Martinique, Guadeloupe and Bouches-du-Rhône, according to health data from France public on Saturday.
The Guadeloupe CHU is proposing the recall of all its employees and, according to a statement by the prefect of the region, “60 additional deaths have been reported” since Monday. In French Polynesia, schools, colleges and high schools will be closed on Monday because of “the spread of the Delta virus in schools” […] requires a strong response, ”said Archipelago President Édouard Fritch.
The Prime Minister, who traveled to the hospital center in Etampes (Essonne) on Friday, had stressed that none of the five patients admitted to the intensive care unit had been vaccinated and saw “proving examples”. “It’s always the same profile: (patients) younger and not vaccinated,” emphasized Jean Castex.
“Hands off Raoult”
In Marseille, protesters went to the University Hospital’s Institute of Infectious Diseases, led by Didier Raoult advocate of a very controversial treatment for COVID-19 patients. By singing La Marseillaise, they expressed their support for him, according to the statements of the General Director of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Marseille, who does not want to renew the 69-year-old specialist in infectious diseases at the head of the IHU.
“You want to disgrace him!” “, launched in Paris by Mr. Philippot, posters” do not touch Raoult “appeared under the French flags.