“The health pass will never be a right of access that discriminates among the French. It cannot be made compulsory for access to everyday places,” French President Emmanuel Macron pledged in April during an interview with the regional press. However, less than three months later and Macron conducted an about-face.
In July, in full totalitarian form, Macron mandated the “health pass” or (pass sanitaire) that is mandatory in order to gain access to leisure and cultural venues with more than 50 people, including cinemas and museums. From the beginning of August, it has been necessary to show your health pass to have coffee or eat lunch at a restaurant – even on an outdoor terrace – or to shop at a mall.
In order to have a coffee in France, citizens have to prove they’ve had the vaccine. According to the government’s draft bill, restaurants and businesses who refuse to comply will be fined up to €45,000 and proprietors face up to a year in prison.
This new push is the most restrictive COVID tyranny in all of Europe and it has already begun spreading to the West in places like New York City, parts of California, and New Orleans. Naturally, it has inspired much-deserved outrage.