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Macron Threatens Business Owners Who Fail to Check Patrons’ Covid Passports with One Year Prison Sentence, €45,000 Fine
By Cristina Laila
Published July 18, 2021 at 5:58pm
French President Emmanuel Macron recently announced that a Covid passport would be required in order to enter restaurants and theaters.
Macron also announced a new mandatory vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers.
Tourists visiting France will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test via a digital passport.
Macron’s ‘big stick’ approach to forcing vaccination includes threats of heavy fines and prison time for both business owners and patrons who don’t comply with his covid passport mandate.
The Guardian reported:
Macron announced that from 21 July, anyone visiting a theatre, cinema, sports venue or festival with an audience of more than 50 people would need a health pass proving they were either fully vaccinated, had tested negative or were immune.
The same requirement will be extended to bars, cafes, restaurants, shopping centres (though not supermarkets), hospitals, long-distance trains, coaches and planes from 1 August, he said – including for children aged between 12 and 17 from 1 September.
People unable to present a valid health pass risk up to six months in prison and a fine of up to €10,000 (£8,500), according to the draft text of the law, while owners of “establishments welcoming the public” who fail to check patrons’ passes could go to jail for a year and be hit with a €45,000 fine.
Meanwhile, non-essential free coronavirus testing will also end in September, “to further encourage vaccination”, and healthcare professionals and retirement home workers who have not been vaccinated by 15 September will be suspended for a month to allow them to do so. Thereafter, they risk dismissal.
According to reports, 66% of French have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 53% are fully vaccinated.
‘USA!,’ ‘Liberté!’: Over 100K Protesters Across France Demand Freedom from Coronavirus ‘Health Pass’ Requirement
By Craig Bannister | July 19, 2021 | 3:57pm EDT
More than 100,000 people took to the streets in France over the weekend to protest the country’s new vaccination and “health pass” requirements.
As AP reports, protesters on both sides of the political aisle showed up en masse to protest the new rules, one of which prohibits people from entering public places, like restaurants and movie theaters, without showing a “health pass”:
“They denounced the government’s decision on Monday to make vaccines compulsory for all health care workers, and to require a “health pass” proving people are fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative or recovered from the virus in order to access restaurants and other public venues. President Emmanuel Macron’s government is presenting a draft law Monday to enshrine the measures.”
French outrage at the restrictions on personal freedom has become so strong, that some protesters took to vandalizing and burning down vaccination centers, the BBC reports:
“Two vaccination centres have been ransacked in France, as people protested against the introduction of tougher coronavirus rules.
“One site in south-east France was vandalised and flooded using fire hoses on Friday night, authorities said.
“A day later, another clinic in the south-west was partially destroyed by an arson attack, local media reported.”
One French health care worker who called the rules “an act of violence” made the news highlight reels by dressing up as the Statue of Liberty. The statue, a gift to the U.S. from the people of France in the 1800’s, is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.