New French law bans unvaccinated from restaurants, venues

A recently passed law in France bans citizens who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus from entering restaurants, cafes and many other public places, the Associated Press reported.

Chairman Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronEurope’s energy conflict fuels outbreak of realism on climate policy US must consider using its Arctic advantage against Russia French teachers protest against relaxed COVID-19 rules MORE reportedly supported the legislation, which was adopted by the country’s National Assembly over the weekend, and pushed for it to be approved more quickly by the European Parliament in recent weeks, as public health officials in the country are trying to repel an increase in infections due to the rapid transmission of the highly contagious omicron variant.

More than 90 percent of French citizens have been vaccinated, the AP noted, adding that critics of the legislation have questioned whether it would make a significant difference in slowing the spread of the virus.

Before the law was passed, unvaccinated French citizens could gain access to restaurants, cafes and sports venues if they showed evidence of a negative test or recent recovery after contracting the virus.

Macron made headlines earlier this month when he cracked down on the unvaccinated in his country.

“Irresponsible people are no longer citizens,” Macron said in a statement that sparked backlash.

– Updated at 7:30

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