For the third consecutive weekend, thousands of French people have again taken to the streets shouting “freedom” to demonstrate against the requirement to present, as of August 9, the Covid health passport To access to hotels, leisure activities, long-distance trains and hospitals. Health personnel will also be obliged to be vaccinated.

The demonstrations have taken place in more than 150 French towns and it is estimated that more than 150 thousand people They have taken to the streets to demand that the Government withdraw the measure to stop contagion. Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Bayonne, Strasbourg, Marseille and Lille are some of the most important cities where thousands of opponents of the health pass have mobilized.

More of 3,000 policemen they have been mobilized to keep the generally peaceful demonstrations under control. However, there have been moments of tension where the security forces have resorted to tear gas and water cannons in Paris when a part of the protesters confronted the Police and threw objects.

Several protesters confronting the security forces.

According to the French television channel BFM TV, several people have been injured, including 3 policemen. What’s more, two journalists from the news agency France Media Agency (AFP) have been attacked by several protesters in the capital.

On banners of the anti-vaccines you could read messages against the French Government and the press. “Lying press, we want the truth”, “Vaccinate me against capitalism and fascism” or “Health dictatorship” are some of the messages that could be seen in the French streets.

The mobilizations of the last three weeks have made noise, but they do not represent a majority. The latest polls in France indicate that 76% are in favor of mandatory vaccination for health workers and the new requirements of the health certificate. Until this Friday, 47.5% of the French population has received the complete vaccination schedule and 62% at least one dose.

Emmanuel Macron’s speech on July 12 announcing the plan of measures that will take effect on August 9 promoted the vaccine throughout the country. In just one day almost a million people They made their appointment to receive the injection. Since then, the rate of vaccination in France has accelerated compared to the previous month.

Protesters in the streets of the French capital this Saturday, July 31.

Protesters in the streets of the French capital this Saturday, July 31.

Vaccines prevent hospitalization

The French government’s statistics department published a study this Friday indicating that the 85% of admitted patients from May 31 to July 11 they were unvaccinated. Instead, only the 7% of those admitted at that time they had the complete pattern. 78% of those who died in the same period of time were patients who did not have any dose, while 11% had both and the other 11% had only one.

In the month of July, France is in its particular fifth wave with a significant increase at the end of the month compared to the beginning of the month. This Friday the Ministry of Health notified 24,309 cases. The number of intensive care hospitalizations has also risen from 872 patients last week to 1,072 right now, according to data on Friday. The total number of hospitalized is 7,363 people, with 640 admissions in the last 24 hours.

The French Health has described it as “a very strong and alarming trend of increase”, although it pointed out that it is still far below of the previous waves.


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