The people of France demonstrated their dedication to fighting for liberty amid governmental restrictions surrounding the coronavirus on Saturday, marching by the thousands through the city streets.
France, which has been one of the strictest countries in terms of Covid-related rules and regulations, has inadvertently woken a sleeping giant. The French people have been marching in the streets and protesting since 2021, and they don’t appear to be planning on letting up anytime soon.
However, a tragic video shared on social media on Saturday showed Paris police beating a protester down to the ground at the “Freedom Convoy” event. Additionally, French police unleashed tear gas on the freedom demonstration. According to videos shared online, some of the tear gas was even released into cafés full of families who were dining together.
This week, ZeeNews reported that the Minister of Education in France, Jean-Michel Blanquer, announced that students attending school will experience somewhat more lenient Covid regulations after the spring break ends on Feb. 21. However, strict self-testing, isolation, and mask mandates will remain in place.
According to a previous report from RSBN, the general Covid-related restrictions throughout all of France have remained rigid, demanding mandatory face masks in all indoor spaces, and in Paris, even outdoors. As of January, the French “Pass Sanitaire,” or “Health Pass,” was still required to prove Covid vaccination status in order to enter public establishments and venues, according to the French Entrée. Anyone over the age of 16 in France must also have a Health Pass. Additionally, these “vaccine passport” rules also apply to tourists visiting the country.
If the ongoing, massive protests in France are any indication about how the French people feel about the restrictive policies set in place by President Emmanuel Macron and Parliament, the battle for liberté is far from over. It has only just begun.