According to Reuters, half of the interviewed cafes and bars in Paris refused to cooperate with the health pass check control plan despite the government’s extremist threats.
If a cafe or bar owner breaks the rule twice, they will receive a warning and a 7-day closure order. Two more infractions could result in a year’s prison.
However, half of the ten restaurant and cafe owners contacted by Reuters in Paris on Monday, Aug. 9, indicated they would refuse to conduct the health pass examinations. The Interior Ministry stated that police would first be tolerant.
At Paris’ Gare de Lyon station, health pass examinations were also conducted. In addition, the transport minister announced that random train inspections would be conducted on one out of every four long-distance trains from Monday, Aug. 9.
The law regarding health pass requirements will be in effect until the middle of November.
French police began patrolling the streets of Paris on Monday, Aug. 9, asking people sitting in cafes, restaurants, and sitting on public streets for proof that they have been vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus (COVID-19), tested negative for the infection in the past 72 hours or have recovered from the disease in the past six months.
Antony Paone, a Reuters journalist posted on his Twitter account a video showing police officers asking for the “sanitary passport” or pass Sanitaire in French on the streets of Paris.
“The first #Police controls have begun as a preventive measure in #Paris in cafes and restaurants where the #PassSanitaire is mandatory from today. Fine of 135 euros from next week, up to 9000 euros in case of recidivism,” reads the journalist’s explanation in French.
The measure, criticized as authoritarian, which came into force this Monday, was announced by President Macron last July 12.
“From the beginning of August, the health pass will apply to cafés, restaurants, hospitals, retirement homes, and long-distance transport: planes, trains, and coaches for long journeys,” he said on national television.
The announcement provoked strong protests throughout the country and it is estimated that at least 200,000 French people took to the streets to oppose compulsory vaccination.
The health passport, or vaccine passport, has generated much debate around the world due to the excessive power that governments try to exercise over the civil liberties of the population.
While governments advocate for their application under the argument of cutting CCP virus infections, studies conducted in countries with high vaccination rates, such as Israel, indicate that vaccines are not necessarily effective in preventing infections.
Reports last week indicate that 90% of patients hospitalized with coronavirus in Jerusalem are fully vaccinated.
In a Facebook group called ‘Covid19 (CCP virus) Vaccine Victims and Families’ that grew to over 65,000 members, and was recently censored by Facebook, British citizens told their personal stories or those of family members who suffered adverse effects from the vaccines.
Among the stories, which include deaths of healthy people prior to inoculation, there are cases of convulsions, paralysis of the extremities, Parkinson’s disease, stroke due to blood clots, etc.
In addition, none of the vaccines distributed globally are licensed for use in humans but are being administered under “emergency use only” because they lack long-term side effects studies.