Hundreds of thousands protesters rallied in cities across France on Saturday (Jan. 8), denouncing President Macron’s intent to “piss off” people refusing COVID-19 vaccination by tightening curbs on their civil liberties.
Macron said on Wednesday (Jan. 5) he wanted to make the lives of the unvaccinated so awful that they end up getting the COVID-19 vaccine. He claimed unvaccinated people were irresponsible and unworthy of being considered citizens.
In Paris, protesters retorted by adopting his wording, chanting “We’ll piss you off.”
Others carried signs saying “No to the vaccine pass,” a reference to Macron’s legislative push to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter most indoor businesses.