Thousands are protesting in the streets after French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday citizens will be required to show a COVID-19 “health pass” in order to continue daily routine activities.
Videos shared across Twitter and social media platforms show thousands marching against Macron’s orders. One sign in French reads “No to the health passport” and videos show armored police being pushed back as protesters march and shout “Liberté”, the French word for freedom, or liberty.
Another video circulating on Twitter shows protesters in Paris fleeing as police officers release tear gas into the crowd. Macron’s plan requires shopping malls, cafes, bars and restaurants to check all patrons for a COVID-19 vaccine certificate or negative proof of a COVID test beginning August.
Protests occurred in Paris, Nantes, Marseille and Montpellier, according to Reuters which also notes the protests are taking place on “Bastille Day, the anniversary of the 2789 storming of a medieval fortress in Paris which marked the turning point in the French Revolution.”