Protests against COVID-19 vaccine requirements have gathered momentum across western Europe with large demonstrations taking place in France, Denmark, Germany, and Austria, among other countries.
More than 100,000 protesters took part in rallies in France to decry controversial government plans to restrict the rights of the unvaccinated and to denounce recent remarks made by President Emmanuel Macron.
According to the French interior ministry, over 105,000 people took part in countrywide rallies, with 18,000 of them taking to the streets in Paris, where police reported 10 arrests and three injuries.
Protesters in the French capital, most of them without masks, braved intense cold and rain on Saturday, carrying placards that read “Truth”, “Freedom” and “No to Vaccine Pass.”
Participants denounced Macron’s remarks made last week, saying his government’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy was intended to “annoy” the unvaccinated and making life harder for them.
“I am not about annoying the French people, but as…