Over 230,000 People Took Part in Protests Against Sanitary Passes in France - Reports
© REUTERS / BENOIT TESSIERProtesters hold a French flag during a demonstration called by the "yellow vests" (gilets jaunes) movement against France's restrictions, including a compulsory health pass, to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Paris, France, August 5, 2021.
PARIS (Sputnik) - More than 230,000 people took part in protests against sanitary passes throughout France on Saturday, 17,000 of which were in Paris, BFMTV reported citing the country's Interior Ministry.
Some 237,000 people took to the streets in Paris and other French cities to protest against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for the medical staff and sanitary passes, according to the news. The most numerous of the rallies, with about 17,000 participants, began at the Pont de Neuilly subway station in Paris after 13:00 local time (11:00 GMT).
The protesters finished their procession at the Place du Chatelet after three hours of walking. The yellow vests movement members reportedly joined the march.
The Constitutional Council of France approved the expanded usage of sanitary passes for cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, starting August 9.
25 July 2021, 09:49 GMT
Last weekend, over 200,000 people protested against the passes country-wide, and 14,250 in Paris, according to the Interior Ministry.
Since July 21, the sanitary passes have been effective in museums, theaters, movies, festivals, amusement parks, and at all the events involving over 50 people. The sanitary passes indicate if the bearer has been COVID-19 vaccinated, or has antibodies, or possesses a negative coronavirus test result.