French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday he wanted to “fuck” the unvaccinated by introducing new legislation to ban them from public places.
The cutting remark sparked howls of condemnation from opposition rivals less than 4 months before the next presidential election.
“The unvaccinated, I really want to screw them up. And so, we’re going to keep doing it, until the end. This is the strategy, ”Macron told Le Parisien in an interview published Tuesday evening.
France implemented a health pass last year that prevents people without a PCR test or proof of vaccination from entering restaurants, cafes and other places.
The government wants to turn it into a vaccination passport which means that only the vaccinated can have a health pass.
The legislation will remove the possibility of showing a negative test, thus preventing unvaccinated people from accessing reception areas or trains.
The plans have faced fierce resistance from anti-vaccination activists and far-right and far-left groups, but are backed by the government, which has a majority in parliament.
French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday he wanted to “fuck” the unvaccinated.
Plans for a vaccination pass in France have received considerable backlash from far-left and far-right groups, but the legislation is supported by the government which has a majority in parliament (protest against the laissez-passer -pass Covid-19 health in Paris, August 2021)
In a particularly sarcastic interview, the French president said he aimed to irritate the unvaccinated into submitting, rather than rounding them up and chasing them.
“I will not send (the unvaccinated) to prison, I will not vaccinate by force. So you have to tell them, from January 15, you will no longer be able to go to a restaurant, you will no longer be able to go down, will no longer be able to have coffee, go to the theater, the cinema … ‘
Macron’s use of a very informal French expression, which can be translated as ‘to get rid of them’, drew immediate criticism from his rivals on social media.
“A president shouldn’t be saying that,” far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Twitter. “Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office. ”
Until now, France has applied a COVID-19 health pass, which means that in order to enter restaurants, cafes or cinemas or board trains, people must either test negative again or proof of vaccination.
But new legislation to effectively ban unvaccinated people from many public places is expected to be introduced on January 15.
French government officials yesterday pledged to enact the law as planned by mid-January despite the law striking a procedural hitch in parliament overnight.
“January 15 remains our objective” for the entry into force of the law, declared the Minister of European Affairs Clément Beaune on LCI television.
Protesters hold posters stating “Freedom” and “No to the health pass” during a demonstration organized last year by the right-wing party “Les Patriotes” against the COVID-19 health pass which grants vaccinated people a greater ease of access to sites in France, Paris, France
Until now, France has applied a COVID-19 health pass, which means that in order to enter restaurants, cafes or cinemas or board trains, people must either test negative again or proof of vaccination. But new legislation to effectively ban unvaccinated people from many public places is expected to be introduced on January 15.
French far-right party National Rally (RN) candidate in the 2022 French presidential election, Marine Le Pen, said of Macron’s comments: “A president shouldn’t say that. Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of its function.
In the detailed interview, Macron’s first for the New Year, the president also said he was prepared to run for re-election in April, but did not explicitly announce his intention to run.
“I would like to do it,” Macron said.
As a big favorite in the polls, Macron has yet to officially announce his candidacy, although his lieutenants are already preparing a campaign.
Macron also announced yesterday that France would not see further Covid restrictions amid a wave of new infections before a government meeting today.
France recorded around 270,000 new daily cases earlier Tuesday, a new record.
The French president has been criticized in the past for improvised remarks that many French people said seemed arrogant, hurtful or contemptuous.
He then expressed his contrition several times.