Demonstrators Take to Streets of Paris in Protest Against COVID Health Passes, Mandatory Vaccination
10:09 GMT 31.07.2021 (Updated: 15:46 GMT 31.07.2021)
© REUTERS / BENOIT TESSIERA protester holds a placard that reads "No to the health passport" during a demonstration called by the French nationalist party "Les Patriotes" (The Patriots) against France's restrictions to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the "Droits de l'Homme" (human rights) esplanade at the Trocadero Square in Paris, France, July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
© REUTERS / BENOIT TESSIER
France has been engulfed by protests in recent weeks as the government introduced new measures to stem the rapid spread of coronavirus strains across the nation, including so-called health passes for public venues that show a person either has antibodies, was vaxxed, or has a negative PCR test.
Sputnik is live from the French capital on Saturday, 31 July, as Parisians take to the streets to protest against mandatory coronavirus vaccination and new restrictions. The protests have been rocking the nation for weeks, with the public venting their anger over new government legislation designed to tackle the spread of COVID.
Last Saturday, some 160,000 protested in nationwide demonstrations against the introduction of the health passes that require every person to show proof of full vaccination, a negative PCR, or antibody test to enter any public place, including a bar or a restaurant.
Despite the rallies, the new measures came into force on Wednesday, 21 July.
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