Why it matters: The health protection plans led to tens of thousands of protesters taking to the streets across France over the weekend, as COVID-19 cases surge in the country to about 20,000 a day from a few thousand early in July, per France 24.
The big picture: The "health pass" requires people show online or paper proof of vaccination, or evidence that they have recently recovered from the coronavirus or display a recent negative test.
- It initially applies to all adults who wish to "enter restaurants, trains, planes and some other public venues," AP notes. It will expand to anyone over age 12 from Sept. 30.
- "The rules can be applied through Nov. 15, depending on the virus situation," AP reports.
- Legislators set a Sept. 15 vaccination deadline for all health workers, who face suspension if they fail to comply with the requirement.
What they're saying: President Emmanuel Macron called for unity after visiting a hospital in French Polynesia and noted some people were "in the business of irrational, sometimes cynical, manipulative mobilization," over measures designed to protect people, per AP.
- "What is your freedom worth if you say to me 'I don’t want to be vaccinated,' but tomorrow you infect your father, your mother or myself?'" he said.