French Lawmakers Approve Macron’s Vaccine Pass

The French National Assembly approved a bill on Thursday that would transform the country’s health pass into a stricter “vaccine pass” to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant after three days of fierce debates, fuelled by controversial remarks by President Emmanuel Macron.

Lawmakers in the lower house passed the draft legislation on vaccine pass with 214 votes against 93 and 27 abstentions.

The Senate was due to review the bill early next week before a final vote in the National Assembly.

Under the bill, people over 12 years of age would be required to prove their vaccination status to access restaurants and bars, cultural venues, or interregional public transport.

The bill included that a negative COVID-19 test would no longer be sufficient, except for access to health facilities and services.

The lawmakers passed the bill amid a storm of controversy after Macron said his Covid strategy was to “piss off” the unvaccinated.

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