The French National Assembly this Thursday approved a proposal to introduce a new and drastic series of restrictions on the country’s unvaccinated population, who have access to restaurants, cinemas or long-distance trains.
As confirmed by the institution on its Twitter account, the proposal was adopted this morning at first reading after prior interruption and up to two consultations against the will of the government.
After several days of heated political debate after French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday indicted anti-vaccine movements and their supporters, the text received 214 votes in favor, 93 against, with 27 abstentions, whose “lack of” morality “and” Irresponsibility ”and accuse them of“ undermining the soundness of a nation ”.
Macron does not want to wait past January 15 to roll out a new health security model where finding a negative coronavirus test would no longer be sufficient to meet entry requirements given the spread of the Omicron variant.
The new proposal only provides for one exception: In traffic, a negative test is accepted if there is “an urgent family or health reason”.
Last Wednesday, the country’s health authorities recorded more than 332,000 cases in a single day, with a weekly incidence of nearly 2,000 cases per 100,000 population.