After three days of fierce debates fueled by controversial remarks by President Macron, the French National Assembly approved a bill early Thursday (Jan. 6) morning that would transform the country’s COVID-19 health pass into a stricter “vaccine pass.”
The bill passed with 214 votes against 93, and 27 abstentions. It still needs to pass in the Senate, which is due to review it early next week. Macron’s government wants the new rules to take effect on January 15.
Under the bill, people over 12 years of age will be required to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status to access restaurants and bars, cultural venues, or interregional public transport. A negative SARS-CoV-2 test will no longer be sufficient, except for access to health services.
The bill’s passage came amid a storm of controversy after Macron said Tuesday (Jan. 4) that his COVID-19 strategy was to “piss off” the unvaccinated.
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