Anti-health pass mobilization: 29,000 demonstrators in France – Liberation


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While the resumption of the Covid epidemic is confirmed everywhere in Europe, including in France, nearly 29,000 people gathered on Saturday for the 17th consecutive weekend of mobilization against the health pass.

They are about 28,820 to have expressed, once again, on Saturday their anger against the health pass. This participation figure from the Ministry of the Interior is thus slightly up compared to last week for the 17th consecutive weekend of mobilization.

On Friday, Parliament authorized the possible use of the health pass until July 31, after the vote by the National Assembly in a tense atmosphere of the bill of “Health vigilance”, approved by 118 votes to 89 and one abstention.

The ministry recorded 165 actions across the country, with 3,240 demonstrators in Paris where at least two processions had been declared to the police headquarters. The mobilization, launched in mid-July, has been declining steadily since August 7, which peaked at 237,000 demonstrators, according to figures from the authorities. The Interior Ministry had recorded last Saturday a sharp drop in participation with 25,000 demonstrators, including 3,320 in Paris. The previous week, they were more than 40,000 according to the ministry and 73,130 according to the militant collective The Yellow Number.

Degradation in Belfort

In Belfort (Bourgogne Franche-Comté), complaints were filed after incidents during the demonstration: participants in particular tried to break into the premises of the regional daily L’Est Républicain, the prefecture denounced on Sunday. “Intrusion into the premises of L’Est Républicain and threatening journalists”, “degradation” of the primary health insurance fund and “intrusion into a municipal library”, details the prefecture, acknowledging that there is no “No major damage” except for a ‘Collabo’ tag in the lobby of L’Est Républicain “.

As everywhere in Europe, the epidemic resumption is confirmed in France boosted both by the drop in temperatures, the capping of vaccination, and the relaxation of barrier gestures. According to the latest figures from Public Health France published on Saturday, 9,605 cases have been detected in the past 24 hours. The test positivity rate is now 2.6% over the last seven days, down from 1.9% the week before. Nearly 51 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in France as of November 4. Friday, while the Elysee had just announced a speech by the President of the Republic Tuesday, at 8 pm, 65,000 appointments for “Vaccine: a third dose essential?” were taken on Doctolib, according to information from Parisian. A record number: there were 52,000 the day before and 39,000 the previous Friday.


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