French Senate approves latest COVID measures and vaccine pass

A coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health card poster reading ‘Enter, scan, enjoy’ is seen in a restaurant as France imposes stricter restrictions where proof of immunity will be required to access the most public spaces and to travel by intercity train in Nice, France, August 9, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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PARIS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The French Senate on Thursday approved the government’s latest measures to fight the COVID-19 virus, including a vaccine pass, which met with some public opposition after criticism harsh measures by President Emmanuel Macron against the unvaccinated.

The Senate supported COVID measures and legislation for a COVID vaccine passes 249 votes in favor, against 63 against. The legislation had already been approved earlier this month by the lower house of the French parliament.

Macron and members of his ruling La République En Marche party have stepped up their campaign against those unvaccinated against COVID this year, as France battles a fifth wave of the virus.

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Macron told Le Parisien newspaper this month that he wanted to “piss off” unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated that they would end up getting the COVID vaccine. Read more

On Wednesday, France recorded 361,719 new COVID cases in the past 24 hours, and another 246 COVID deaths in hospitals.

French teachers will also leave work en masse on Thursday for what they say is a government failure to adopt a coherent policy for schools to manage the COVID pandemic, or to properly protect students and staff from infection. Read more

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Reporting by Camille Raynaud; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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