Macron sparks debate, on two fronts, by saying he wants to ‘piss off’ the unvaccinated

Macron sparks debate, on two fronts, by saying he wants to 'piss off' the unvaccinated

Emmanuel Macron is not mincing words with his coronavirus strategy.

“Now the unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off,” the French president said, according to translations of an interview he gave to the Le Parisien newspaper. “And so, we’re going to keep doing it, until the end. This is the strategy.”

From the middle of January, France will only let the fully vaccinated continued access to restaurants, cinemas, museums and sports arenas, with a pass needed on long-distance trains and domestic flights. The U.K., by contrast, allows coronavirus testing as a substitute for vaccination for attending major events, and has no pass requirement for restaurants and other smaller venues.

The comment triggered a big reaction, on two accounts — the second-class treatment afforded those who do not get vaccinated, as well as some debate over the correct English translation.

The French word Macron employed was “emmerder.” An…

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