French parliament has passed President Emmanuel Macron administration plans for a vaccine pass, backing his controversial comments on [expletive] upsetting the unvaccinated people.
According to Reuters, Macron told Le Parisien newspaper this week that he wanted to squeeze those who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine out of public places so that they would end up getting shots in their arms.
Health Minister Olivier Veran said a record number of people since October got their first jab on Wednesday, Jan. 5, following Macron’s remarks, which came three months before France enters the presidential elections.
Macron’s coarse language is seen as a political motive as he was tapping into a public frustration against the unvaccinated, according to Reuters.
The parliament experienced a rowdy debate before voting to approve the president’s plans on Thursday, Jan. 6.
The lower house voted 214-93 to pass the draft bill. Many lawmakers who voted against the measure were from the far-right or left-wingers.
The legislation will now go to the upper house before a final vote in the National Assembly.
Under the bill, Macron’s vaccine pass rules will apply to over-16s and not over-12.
According to data from the French government, more than 90% of over-12s have received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
France and other European countries have been struggling with forcing their citizens to get COVID-19 vaccine through mandates. Italy this week also made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for people from the age of 50.
France reported a record of more than 332,000 new COVID-19 cases and a further 246 deaths in hospitals on Wednesday.