The Chronicle

French protests draw 120,000


PARIS: More than 120,000 people have demonstrat­ed across France, according to official figures, to protest the coronaviru­s health passes they say discrimina­te against the unvaccinat­ed.

The health pass, or a recent negative Covid test, is required to enter cafes, restaurant­s and many other public places.

The interior ministry said 121,000 people had demonstrat­ed in France on Saturday – 19,000 in the capital Paris where police arrested 85 after clashes broke out.

Three members of the police were slightly injured during the protests, the ministry said.

This was the ninth consecutiv­e weekend of protests, although according to the official count, numbers were down on the previous marches.

Officials put the previous weekend’s turnout across France at 140,000, and in early August an estimated 237,000 protesters turned out.

Saturday’s protests come the day after former French health minister Agnes Buzyn was charged over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, after investigat­ors at a special court in Paris concluded there were grounds to prosecute her.

Buzyn, a former doctor, was charged with “endangerin­g the lives of others”.

 ??  ?? A woman with a “vaccinatio­n freedom” sign. Picture: AFP
A woman with a “vaccinatio­n freedom” sign. Picture: AFP

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