Around 2 000 people took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to protest France’s vaccine pass, which they deemed to be discriminatory and excessive.
Demonstrators rallied behind far-right figure, Florian Philippot, who has called for the demonstration and has been a vocal opponent to health restrictions in France. Other smaller protests took place simultaneously in the French capital.
“The vaccine pass is segregation in plain sight and the worst part is that a lot of people support this segregation,” protester Alain, who declined to give a last name, told Reuters.
The French vaccine pass took effect on January 24, replacing a health pass that showed proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or past infection.
Protesters held up placards reading “Freedom” and waved flags of various countries, notably Canada, where a movement of truck drivers opposing health measures is under way.
The vaccine pass briefly brought new momentum to weekly street protests against COVID-related restrictions on public life, but turnout consistently decreased in recent weeks.