Tuesday, January 18

France: 5% of hospitalized patients have fake passes, according to the Minister of Health

(Belga) The French Minister of Health Olivier Véran indicated on the night of Wednesday to Thursday before the National Assembly that “5% of hospitalized patients” in France had fake health passes and are not vaccinated.

“The false pass kills, it is reality”, he launched to LFI deputies (far left) who rejected a strengthening of sanctions in the event of fraud, within the framework of the examination of the bill instituting the vaccination pass. “The measures of the law seem balanced to us,” insisted the minister. The possession of a false pass must now be punished by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros. Presenting a pass belonging to another person or transmitting a pass to another with a view to its fraudulent use will be punished by a fixed fine of 1,000 euros, compared to 135 euros today. The deputies adopted a government amendment on “repentance”: people holding false passes will not be penalized if they are injected with a first dose of vaccine within 30 days of committing the offense. The debates in the hemicycle were mainly based on identity checks in connection with the vaccination pass: in addition to the police, the managers of places and activities subject to the pass, such as cafeterias and restaurateurs, may under certain conditions. check it out, disposes of the bill. (Belga)


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