Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of France in protest of further Covid-19 restrictions and rules announced by the French authorities last week.
The new restrictions include mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers and a requirement that all citizens must bring a health pass to visit most public places, potentially including bars, restaurants, coffee shops, etc.
As for events, health passes are mandatory for concerts, sporting events, or any other gathering that brings more than 1,000 people.
Health passes are given to those who are vaccinated against Covid-19, have proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours, or have recovered from the virus at least 15 days before receiving the pass. Health passes can be digital or paper format and must be written in either English or French.
As a result of the government furthering restrictions while seemingly the rest of Europe is easing up, mass protests have begun taking places in various cities across France.
Protests have been happening in Paris, Montpellier, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice, Lille, Strasbourg, Metz, and other cities.
The French government has retorted in public announcements that the measures are necessary to help curb the spread of the new Delta variant, despite previous restrictive measures’ ultimate failure to do so with the original Covid-19 virus.