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Opposition denounces “punitive measures” after new restrictions announced by government

The coronavirus pandemic has not finished shaking up our end-of-year celebrations. The executive announced on Monday new restrictions to curb the outbreak of Covid-19 linked to the highly contagious variant Omicron. Several opposition figures, led by Marine Le Pen, denounced “punitive measures” after the press conference held by Prime Minister Jean Castex and Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

The RN presidential candidate quickly blasted “punitive measures that make no sense”, calling on Twitter to “renounce the health / vaccination pass”.

To encourage all French people to be vaccinated, the government presented this Monday at the end of the Health Defense Council and the Council of Ministers its bill to transform the health pass into a vaccination pass for a number of activities. and places.

“Ridiculous” measures

“We promised (the French) a return to normal life with the vaccine. Today, they live under the permanent threat of new restrictions, ”quipped Marine Le Pen, calling for“ common sense measures ”, such as“ recalling suspended caregivers (and) reopening closed beds ”.

In addition to the vaccination pass, the government has announced a whole series of measures aimed at slowing the spread of Omicron and “avoiding the disorganization of our economy”: indoor and outdoor gauges, teleworking, outright ban on concerts and consumption. standing, “from Monday and for a period of three weeks,” Prime Minister Jean Castex had indicated at a press conference.

“How can we accept such ridiculous measures as the ban on dancing, drinking while standing, eating on a train or the obligation to wear a mask in the street? “Asked Marine Le Pen.

“The choice of coercion”

On the left, the LFI deputy Eric Coquerel joked about the fact “that the executive is reduced to commenting on the viral wave without coherence and as a bonus weakening the rule of law”, “for want of having anticipated” according to him this new wave of Covid.

Aurélien Taché, ex-LREM deputy for Val-d’Oise, denounced him “the choice of coercion” made by the executive “with his vaccination pass”, “rather than strengthening access and education for vaccination “, according to him. Support of President Emmanuel Macron, Mayor Horizons of Nice Christian Estrosi for his part welcomed the “strengthening of sanctions” provided for in the bill “for the use of fake health passes”, a “scandalous behavior” in his eyes.

Faced with journalists, Jean Castex had also said a little earlier “scandalized” by these “deliberate acts of endangering others (…) that no personal conviction can justify”.


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