French police began patrolling the streets of Paris on Monday, August 9, asking people sitting in cafes, restaurants, and sitting on public streets for proof that they have been vaccinated against the CCP virus, tested negative for the infection in the past 72 hours or have recovered from the disease in the past six months, Breitbart reported.
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:
“The more we vaccinate, the less space we will leave for the virus to spread. It is a new speed race that is underway. We must move towards the vaccination of all French people,” said President Macron.
“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 added in his national television announcement.
Health Minister Olivier Véran declared last week that an exception will be made for visits by people who are in their last days, although he clarified that, “the frequent visits of families to bring flowers to a patient, it is over because it causes clusters.”
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.
In more than 150 cities in France on July 31, crowds of people marched under the slogan “freedom,” and resisted in the streets despite riot police trying to round them up and firing tear gas.
Macron said he will give until Sept. 15 time for all health workers to get vaccinated. Vaccination passports will also be required for employees of businesses open to the public otherwise they may be suspended.
Mandatory vaccination in France will also be given to children between the ages of 12 and 17 who will have to show proof of vaccination by the end of September.
President Macron said the health pass is to protect the freedoms of others: “It’s about citizenship. Freedom only exists if the freedom of everyone is protected… it’s worth nothing if by exercising our freedom we contaminate our brother, neighbor, friend, parents, or someone we have come across at an event. Then freedom becomes irresponsibility.”
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 COVID 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 percent of patients hospitalized with coronavirus in Jerusalem are fully vaccinated.
On top of that there are thousands of reports of adverse effects of experimental COVID vaccines that have cast doubt on the safety of the vaccines, although health authorities insist that the adverse effects are “extremely isolated.”
In a Facebook group called ‘Covid19 Vaccine Victims and Families’ that grew to over 65,000 members, and was recently censored by Facebook, British citizens told the stories of personal or 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’ because they lack long-term side effects studies.