Protesters take part in a protest against the health passport. In France, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the stricter corona rules on Saturday for the sixth weekend in a row. The protests were mostly peaceful. Photo: Michel Spingler / AP / dpa
These were mostly peaceful, in Montpellier in the south of France there was scuffle between left and right participants in a demonstration, as can be seen on television pictures. Apart from compulsory vaccination for health care workers, the protests were directed against the so-called health passport for proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test.
The health pass, which can be saved in the nationwide Corona app, has been required for two weeks, among other things, for visiting cafes and restaurants, before entering large shopping centers and when traveling by long-distance train or plane. Unlike in Germany, the easing of restrictions in France in recent months has not been linked to compulsory testing. So far, the use of the health pass has been running smoothly for the most part.
At some demonstrations, there were also expressions of solidarity with the biologist and physician Didier Raoult, who was popular with conspiracy theorists but also widely respected. A few days ago it became known that Raoult would lose all his functions at the University Medical Center Marseille (IHU) when he reached the retirement age of 69 years. Skeptics of the French corona policy suspect that a critical voice is to be silenced. “Hands off Raoult” was written on posters on a demonstration in Paris. Among other things, Raoult had campaigned for the drug hydroxychloroquine in the fight against Covid-19.