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The anti-sanitary pass and “antivax” demonstrations brought together 54,000 participants throughout France, according to the Ministry of the Interior, almost twice as many as last week (105,200), which had been marked by a very clear rebound in mobilization.
In Paris, four processions mobilized 7,000 people, including 5,800 at the rally organized by the Patriots of Florian Philippot, and four people were arrested, according to the ministry. In the rest of the country, 47,000 demonstrators and six arrests were recorded.
From midnight tonight, bars and nightclubs must close for two and a half weeks, and public gatherings will only be at 10 (instead of 20). “The situation is quite simply such that it is inevitable to resort to these hardenings”, explained Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, invoking the need to protect the health system where the situation is currently considered tense.
In addition, the reduced gauges in swimming pools, ski resorts and sports halls are extended for three weeks, as is the 10 p.m. curfew for restaurants.
On Friday, Iceland recorded 1,221 new infections in 24 hours, a huge figure given Iceland’s pandemic toll: 44,974 infections and 44 deaths in two years.
The deputies adopted without surprise, the controversial bill transforming the health pass into a vaccine pass at second reading, Saturday, after a night of debates which will continue in a few hours in the Senate.
Started on December 29 in committee, the marathon of this 12th health emergency text since March 2020 will end on Sunday afternoon, with a final vote by the National Assembly, after a chaotic journey marked by hiccups, controversies and twists.
Started at 3 p.m. on Friday, the second reading of the text with the examination of nearly 450 amendments ended around 4 a.m. with adoption by 185 votes for, 69 against and 8 abstentions, in an atmosphere electric.
The deputies vote again on the text on the #PasseVaccinal.
>> The positions of the groups:
For: LaREM, MoDem, LR and Agir
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