Emmanuel Macron’s decision on Covid-19 certificates is generating legal controversy in France

President Emmanuel Macron’s decisions on compulsory vaccination of medical staff who come into contact with vulnerable people and on expanding the use of Covid-19 certificates are generating legal controversy in France, with many voices denouncing the violation of rights.

President Emmanuel Macron appeared on television on Monday night and said that although the epidemic would be “under control”, anticoronavirus vaccination should become mandatory for medical staff who come into contact with “fragile people” and Covid-19 certificates, which attest vaccination, cure or a negative test, will become mandatory for participation in events where more than 50 people are present, including in trains and planes, but not in urban public transport.

In this context, 926,000 people immediately registered on online platforms to schedule vaccinations. “Perhaps this was the desired effect,” said Serge Slama, a professor of public law at the University of Grenoble-Alpes.

“The timetable presented by the president is totally unrealistic. It is an immediate strategy, in three weeks everyone should be vaccinated, which is not feasible,” accuses Professor Serge Slama, quoted by Agence France-Presse and the daily La Voix of the North.

According to official data presented by the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health, in France, which has a population of over 67 million inhabitants, so far 35.9 million people have been vaccinated with the first dose. Both doses were given to 27.8 million people.

Serge Slama: “Equality fractures” appear and “fundamental rights” are violated

“There is a risk of an equal rift between the nearly 36 million vaccinated French and 30 million French who will be de facto excluded from day-to-day activities; there are also constitutional issues due to disproportionate measures affecting fundamental rights “, argues Professor Serge Slama.

“Imagine that you have to present the QR code systematically, six or seven times a day. It’s unlikely. There is a disproportion between the constraints that are imposed on us and our rights to move and do certain things, over time. what the rate of infection remains low, “said Paul Cassia, a professor of public law at Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Other legal experts believe that vaccination and medical certification may be required

But Dominique Rousseau, a constitutional expert, argues that one is the applicability of the measures and the other legal issues. “If we look at the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Council, there are no constitutional obstacles to compulsory vaccination,” he argues.

“The principle of the obligation to vaccinate has been validated by the Council of State and the Constitutional Council, and recently the European Court of Human Rights ruled on the vaccination of children. This jurisprudence provides a protective screen for government measures,” said Patrice Spinosi, a lawyer. in public liberties.

Angela Merkel distances herself from Emmanuel Macron’s decisions

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Tuesday that, in Germany, anticoronavirus vaccination will not become mandatory, distancing herself from decisions in this regard taken in France and Greece. “We do not intend to go in the direction suggested by France. There will be no compulsory vaccination,” Angela Merkel said during a visit to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), according to Die Welt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

But Angela Merkel reiterated her call on German citizens to get vaccinated. “The more we are vaccinated, the freer we will be,” the German chancellor said.

The German Ethics Council and Markus Söder, the Prime Minister of Bavaria and the leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), have spoken out against compulsory vaccination. German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said he supports Chancellor Angela Merkel’s position on vaccination.

(source: AFP)


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