(PARIS, France.) #Coronavirus Report: Thousands of people have flooded the streets of French cities, protesting against the implementation of a mandatory #COVID19 health pass for the general public, as well as compulsory vaccination for certain categories of people #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.08: Mass protests kicked off in several French cities on Saturday, with thousands condemning government plans to toughen anti-coronavirus restrictions.

Demonstrators gather outside the Council d'Etat and Conseil Constitutionnel during protests against the compulsory Covid-19 vaccination for certain workers and the compulsory use of the health pass called for by the French government in Paris on August 5, 2021. © AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that thousands have protested across France on Saturday over Macron’s #COVID19 health pass & mandatory vaccination as a huge march was held in Paris, where participants were accompanied by a massive police presence, live footage from RT’s video agency Ruptly shows.

The protest has taken place without any major incident so far, with police and marchers only engaging in minor pushing along the route. At one point, law enforcement could be seen pepper-spraying protesters who tried to push against the police line.

First tensions during the demonstration against the #PassSanitaire in #Paris.  
The security forces use their gas in the face of demonstrators trying to force a cordon of the mobile gendarmerie.#GiletsJaunes #manifs7aout#manifestation7aout pic.twitter.com/yFVSCshL1x

— Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil (@ivan_8848) August 7, 2021

https://youtu.be/K2ZDB6Kz7zk

Large protests have also been staged in other cities across the country. A massive column of protesters marched through the streets of the southwestern coastal city of La Rochelle to condemn the plans for a health pass.

Des milliers de personnes manifestent à #LaRochelle contre le #PassDeLaHonte (@Bleu_Rochelle#Manifestation7aout #Manifs7aoutpic.twitter.com/bNHQM4y31v

— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) August 7, 2021

Another massive protest was held at the northern French city of Lille, with footage from the scene showing the city center flooded with a sea of disgruntled demonstrators.

Lille !!!! pic.twitter.com/QSryTFvASC

— BotOfficielDeRaoult (@linval59) August 7, 2021

Some 200,000 protesters were expected to hit the streets of French cities, according to local media reports, citing police sources. So far, French law enforcement has not released any official estimates on the scale of the ongoing protests.

The latest round of protests, which have rocked the country for the past few weeks, comes after France’s top court deemed most of the controversial legislation package to be constitutional. The legislation, approved by the court on Thursday, is expected to come into force on Monday.

The court shot down several provisions, but greenlit the most controversial ones, including the implementation of mandatory health passes for the general public, which will be required to visit most public venues. The legislation also implements mandatory coronavirus vaccination for frontline healthcare workers and some other categories of French citizens after French Constitutional Court rules health pass, mandatory vaccination of health workers constitutional amid nationwide protests

While critics of the legislation have accused the government of trampling on civil rights and even sliding towards a “dictatorship,” the authorities have insisted that the package is designed only to encourage vaccination.

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