“It’s a kind of dictatorship,” complained many protesters in cities such as Paris, Marseille, Lyon Nantes and Montpellier.
The health certificate consists of a code issued by the authorities that guarantees entry to hospitals, cinemas, museums, trains and some public places.
This document is set when a person has completed vaccination against covid-19, has a negative antigen or PCR test with 72 hours of validity, or has already been cured of the disease.
“I am fighting this dictatorship that France has become, the country of freedoms,” said Carlo Alberto Borsa, one of the leaders of the protests that began in Praca da Bolsa (Paris).
In addition, there were two other demonstrations in the French capital alone – one promoted by the far-right party “Os Patriotas” and the other by the “yellow vests” movement.
The protests, which have not yet witnessed incidents, witnessed slogans against the policy of President Emmanuel Macron.
Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, BHV, Le Bom Marche and la Samaritaine were some of the places covered by the introduction of the health certificate as a control measure, as of Monday.
The Parisian malls Italie 2, Center Beaugrenelle and Vill’up as well as the Aéroville shopping center near Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport will benefit from this measure.
The document still had to be presented at the three airports in Paris – Roissy, Orly and Le Bourget.
On Wednesday, the government expanded the use of the passport to include companies with an area of more than 20,000 square meters, in areas with an infection rate of more than 200 cases per week per 100,000 residents.
In total, there are more than 104 malls and stores affected by this decision, according to an AFP count.
Covid-19 has killed at least 4,333,013 people worldwide, among the more than 205.3 million new coronavirus infections recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest AFP report, released on Friday.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil or Peru.
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