Macron slammed that he wanted to’p *** off’ without being vaccinated | Coronavirus pandemic news

After issuing a provocative warning to the French who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, President Emmanuel Macron faced the anger of opponents and the chaos of the parliament. He will limit access to key aspects of life to give him as much attention as possible. They put pressure on it.

Macron, who has not yet officially announced his re-election in April, has been criticized by challengers who have already participated in the election, accusing him of transgressing the line.

As the country faces a record daily increase in infection rates due to the Omicron strain, the unrest has prompted new delays in legislation aimed at tightening French COVID rules.

“As for the people who have not been vaccinated, I really want to drive them away,” he told the Parisian using the French verb “emmerder” in an interview with the Parisian on Wednesday.

Derived from the word “merde”, which means “s***”, this word is considered vulgar slang in France.

He added that this means “limiting their participation in social life as much as possible.”

“We have to tell (people who have not been vaccinated)…you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to drink coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theater. You will no longer be able to go to the movies,” the president said.

“We will continue to do this until the end. This is the strategy,” Macron added.

According to government data, 91% of French people over the age of 18 Vaccinated.

Pique in Parliament

This rate soared in the summer after the introduction of the “health pass,” which restricts many activities to people who have a vaccination certificate, have recently tested negative, or have recovered from a coronavirus infection.

But this still leaves millions of people unprotected because Ohm wave breakthrough In the whole country.

In response, the Macron government plans to pass the so-called “Vaccine Pass“From January 15th.

The parliamentary debate on tightening policy has been heated, and the opposition has forced the postponement of the debate on the draft law later on Monday.

Macron’s remarks quickly undermined parliament’s actions after resuming the meeting late on Tuesday, once again suspended the review of the bill, and jeopardized the government’s effective timetable.

Conference Chairman Marc Le Fur stated that the atmosphere of the National Assembly did not provide “conditions for creating a peaceful working environment”.

Damian Abad, the right-wing Republican leader in the House of Representatives, criticized “unworthy, irresponsible and premeditated” remarks, showing “childish cynicism.”

At the same time, the party’s leader Christian Jacobs stated that the organization “refuses to endorse texts designed to anger the French”.

This controversy broke out in the context of the growing atmosphere before the French elections. Macron said in an interview that he hopes to be re-elected in the April presidential election, but now announcing his intentions will distract attention from managing the health crisis.

Presidential campaign

Opponents accused the president’s warning wording of being too excessive.

Macron’s biggest challenger and Republican candidate Valerie Pecresse told broadcaster CNews: “The choice of French is not determined by the President of the Republic.”

She called for the establishment of a government that “unites the people and calms things down.”

The far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen accused Macron of “never felt that she was the president of all the people of France”. The ultra-left instigator Jean-Luc Melanchon called the vaccine pass project “a collective punishment for individual freedom.”

Other critics ridiculed the president’s claim last month that “I have learned to treat everyone more respectfully” after he was known for his sometimes inappropriate comments.

Before coming to power in 2017, Macron was a former investment banker with little retail politics experience. He was accused of bowing his head to voters during his first few years as president and faced numerous “yellow vests” protesters. Month’s strong opposition.

But Macron’s former prime minister Edward Philip told France 2 TV that he supported his old boss.

“The president does not want people who are fully vaccinated to be restricted because 8% to 10% of the population refuse,” he said.

“I think most people agree.”

Macron was elected in 2017 and promised to reform France and restore its status as a global power is an overwhelming advantage in winning the election, but analysts warn that his victory is far from certain.

His most powerful competitor may be Pekeres.