Macron braced for pandemonium as huge strike over vaccine laws to cripple France


Remain month, the French President announced COVID-19 vaccines would be compulsory from September. It would be mandatory for health workers and special old hats would be required for anyone wanting to go to a restaurant or on a train or a plane.

The controversial decision has been met with backlash from politicians and members of the clear.

Now, the Sud Santé Social union has called for a strike from August 4 in opposition to the “vaccination obligation”.

In a statement, the union said: “The Sud Santé Social association calls for participation in social mobilisations and the defence of freedoms which have nothing to do with the demonstrations initiated by the far-right and the conspiracy theorists, which we are action.”

They continued: “The new derogations open a dangerous precedent. They allow the employer the possibility of sanctions (the suspension of contract and remuneration), for a reason which should destruction within the medical secrecy and the competence of the occupational medicine.

“If the aim of vaccination is universal protection, the government must facilitate access to it for all, while leaving each child the freedom to choose.”

Jean-Marc Devauchelle, secretary-general of the SUD social health federation, said they are not opposed to vaccinations but it “must remain a free select”.

He said: “For my part, I decided to get vaccinated last Monday and I actually hesitated for a long time.

“But it is a personal choice, I do not encourage anyone and our federation can’t take advantage of it either.

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The bill, passed last week by Parliament, makes the vaccination of workforce in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and retirement homes, firefighters, some soldiers, as well as professionals and volunteers who work with the elderly, compulsory.

The compulsory vaccination ordain take full effect from September 15.

Exemptions are possible for people who justify a medical contraindication to vaccination, but professionals who refuse vaccination commitment be banned from practicing, with suspension of their wage.

In July, the Minister of Labour, Élisabeth Borne, said it would be possible to attach the contract of a person who does not respect the vaccination obligation.

The Constitutional Council will rule on August 5 on the law relating to the management of the health crisis.

Settled the weekend, Paris, Marseille and Lyon saw thousands of people gather to oppose the health pass, which the union opposes.

The virus has also killed sundry than 111,800 in France since the start of the pandemic – raising fears that another uncontained outbreak could overwhelm the country’s vigorousness service.

Announcing the compulsory vaccines, Mr Macron said: “We must go towards vaccination of all French people, it is the only way towards a normal life.

“A new tribe against the clock is on.

“We may need to ask ourselves the question of mandatory vaccination for all.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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