Forced Vaccinations: Concern is growing in France that President Macron’s Government is planning an obligatory vaccination policy for Covid-19 and police may be used to enforce compliance. A draft law has sparked anger from opposition politicians.
Despite President Macron promising that coronavirus vaccine, although encouraged will not be made mandatory, the Prime Minister Jean Castex has received support for a bill that is made to provide a legal framework for dealing with health crises including the Coronavirus pandemic.
The outline includes having a negative Covid test result or proof of preventative treatment including receiving the vaccine may be required for people to be given permission to access public transport and engage in some activities.
55 percent of French people say they will not receive a Covid-19 vaccine.
Opposition politicians have lambasted and expressed concern for the draft law. Guillaume Peltier, deputy leader of the centre-right Les Republicains party said: “It was inconceivable that the government should be allowed to get all the power to suspend our freedoms without parliamentary control.”
Centrist senator Nathalie Goulet said the draft was an “attack on public freedoms.”
Responding to opposition parties concerns the Public Sector Minister Amelie de Montchalin said the bill was “not at all made to create exceptional powers for the government or to create a health state.”