French Gov't Slams COVID Protesters For Comparing It To Nazis
The French government is indignant after being compared to Nazis during weekend demonstrations against stricter coronavirus rules, calling the comparisons "absolutely disgusting," Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
According to reports, some demonstrators wore a yellow star, drawing parallels between the persecution of Jews - many of whom were sent to death camps by the Nazis during World War II - and the situation of those who are not vaccinated, many of whom will soon be barred from cinemas and bars if they cannot provide a negative coronavirus test.
"These are absolutely disgusting comparisons," government spokesperson Gabriel Attal told the FranceInfo news channel on Monday.
Nearly 114,000 people took to the streets of France on Saturday to protest against the tightening of measures designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which had recently been announced by President Emmanuel Macron.
In the near future, it will be necessary to show proof of a negative coronavirus test, vaccination against COVID-19 or of recovery from the disease much more frequently.
As of Wednesday, this will already be required for cinema and theatre visits and, as of August, this will also apply to long-distance trains, restaurants and bars. In addition, compulsory vaccination for health workers was announced.
The country is currently fighting a fourth coronavirus wave. The more contagious Delta variant of the virus now accounts for almost all cases.