Macron says he’s sticking to words promising to ‘piss off’ France’s unvaccinated

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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday he fully supports controversial comments earlier this week in which he vowed to ‘piss off’ people not vaccinated against Covid-19 until they accept vaccines .

The earthy language and harsh approach caused an uproar in the French media and among opponents, while the controversy also delayed debate on the “vaccine pass” bill in the lower house of parliament.

“People may be upset by a way of speaking that sounds familiar, but I stand by it fully. I am upset with the situation we find ourselves in, this is where the real divisions are in the country,” a- he told reporters at a joint meeting. press conference in Paris with the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

Macron told Le Parisien in an interview earlier this week that “as far as the unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off” with new measures that would bar them from much of public life.

“You have to say (to the unvaccinated) … you won’t be able to go to a restaurant anymore. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theater. not being able to go to the cinema any more, ”declared the president.

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Macron also defended a widely criticized line from the same interview on Friday, in which he said “irresponsible people are no longer citizens” – also in reference to the unvaccinated.

“To be a citizen is to have rights and duties, and duties come first,” he said. “The idea of ​​freedom brandished by some of our fellow citizens to say ‘I am free not to be vaccinated’, it stops where we encroach on the freedom of others, where we put the life of others in danger. “

France reports on average more than 200,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day, an all-time high, due to the high contagiousness of the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus. Macron said it was the authorities’ obligation to impose restrictions on those who are not vaccinated, to protect more than 90% of French people who are vaccinated.

(AXADLETM with AFP, REUTERS)

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