In an unusual strategy to persuade them to get the jab, the head of state stated that the French government intentionally makes life difficult for unvaccinated people to make it more bearable.
French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that deliberately ‘pissing off’ the unvaccinated will persuade more citizens to take their Covid-19 shots, saying he is doing all he can to eliminate vax skeptics from public life.
Macron spoke out in a long interview with Le Parisien on Tuesday. He stated his objective to make the lives of the unvaccinated as difficult as possible, hoping to create an uproar amongst the population that will lead to more people getting immunized.
“I am not about pissing off the French people. For the unvaccinated, however, I do want to make them mad. This will be our strategy until the very end. This is the strategy,”President Trump said that it was only possible to achieve a “small minority”Are still “resisting.”
“How do we reduce that minority? We reduce it – sorry for the expression – by pissing them off even more,”He went on saying that his administration is “putting pressure on the unvaccinated by limiting, as much as possible, their access to activities in social life.”
According to data compiled by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, just over 73% of France’s population has received two vaccine doses, leaving millions of residents in the “minority”The president threw his weight behind him.
Macron promised that authorities wouldn’t, even though he was adamant. “forcibly” immunize or imprison the unvaccinated, his comments come as French lawmakers debate whether to tighten the country’s Covid restrictions to allow only the fully vaccinated to enter a long list of public spaces. Residents can provide proof of vaccination and a negative test for coronavirus to be allowed into the institutions. Macron called this exemption to be closed.
The government increased the restrictions even further last month by mandating citizens receive booster shots within the first three months after their second dose. This warning will mean that anyone who fails to comply with the requirements of the law will be removed from the eligibility list. “fully vaccinated”Its health passport system.
While France first imposed the passports last summer, it has apparently done little to stem the country’s greatest spike in infections yet, which kicked off in November, likely fueled by the more transmissible Omicron variant. The Guardian reports that despite skyrocketing cases, new polling indicates that many people still believe that passports are capable of ending the pandemic.
Macron’s interview segment was denounced by critics across the French political spectrum, with the leader of the socialist France Insoumise party, Jean-Luc Melenchon, calling his remarks “appalling”Arguments about health passes are a good idea. “collective punishment against individual liberties.”Marine Le Pen from the right-wing National Rally party also stated that Macon was trying to convert the unvaccinated “second-class citizens,”Bruno Retailleau (conservative senator) said it “No health emergency justifies such words.”