French parliament approves Macron’s new ‘vaccine pass’

French parliament approves Macron’s new ‘vaccine pass’

France’s parliament has approved President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a “vaccine pass” to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus after three days of tumultuous debates, which were sparked by Macron’s comment that he wants to “annoy” the unvaccinated.

The bill passed on Thursday in the parliament with 214 votes against 93, and 27 abstentions, after an all-night session. It still needs to pass the Senate, which is due to review it early next week. Macron’s government wants the new measures to take effect on January 15, but implementation will likely be delayed as the debate was held up in the Assembly.

The legislation came amid a storm of controversy after Macron told Le Parisien newspaper earlier this week that he wanted to make the lives of those refusing the COVID-19 vaccine so complicated by squeezing them out of public places that they would end up…

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