French police use tear gas at a protest against sanitary passports in Paris. About it informs Interfax citing local television.
Riots took place in the area of Republic Square. A policeman was seriously injured there, who was hit by a firecracker thrown from the crowd. Clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement officers were also recorded on Boulevard du Temple.
In addition to Paris, demonstrations took place in other major French cities. In particular, the actions took place in Marseille, Lyon, Nice and Montpellier.
There is no data yet on the number of participants in the actions. Initially, the authorities expected more than 150,000 people to protest across the country on Saturday. Approximately the same number of demonstrators, according to the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, were counted during similar actions a week ago.
The French are protesting against the expansion of sanitary passes. From August 9 in France, you will need to present a sanitary passport when visiting restaurants, cafes, in some types of transport. They should indicate that the person is either vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently passed a negative coronavirus test. These measures have yet to be approved by the country’s constitutional council.