French President Emmanuel Macron defended his blunt remarks on Friday about the country’s vaccine-refusal minority, saying he could not accept that they infringe on the freedom of others.
The 44-year-old Frankish president, who is expected to run for re-election later this year, made headlines earlier this week using the word “piss off” – rooted in the French word for “shit” and meaning to annoy or disturb . . He was talking about his strategy for pressuring vaccine refusals to get coronavirus vaccines. His vulgar language dominated the television news and elicited angry reactions from his political rivals.
Speaking at a press conference in Paris, Macron acknowledged that the term may bother some, but said he takes full responsibility.
“When some make their freedom (…) a motto, not only do they put the lives of others in danger, but they also limit the freedom of others. Which I cannot accept,” he said. with reference to unvaccinated people. “When you are a citizen, you must accept to do your civic duty. “
Like much of Europe, France is plagued by the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus, recording on average more than 200,000 new cases per day. Health officials noted 328,214 new confirmed infections on Friday.
The rapid spread of omicron has put a strain on already overcrowded hospitals, and some pharmacies are running out of home test kits the government is giving out to children for free in a bid to slow infections so classes can stay open. .
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France’s strategy is to “vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate”, he insisted, as the country this week reported the highest number of confirmed infections ever recorded in Europe. About 77% of the population, including more than 91% of adults, are fully immunized.
Macron also advocated for the new vaccine pass to encourage more people to get vaccinated by restricting the social life of unvaccinated people.
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The measure will exclude unvaccinated people from places such as restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums and sports arenas. The pass will also be required on inter-regional trains and buses, as well as on domestic flights.
The bill is due for debate in the Senate next week. The government hopes to put it in place around mid-January.
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