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France President Emmanuel Macron vows to make life miserable for unvaccinated, promptly faces backlash

Macron has been under fire for his words against the unvaccinated

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French President Emmanuel Macron in Brussels.

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a media conference at the conclusion of an E.U. Summit in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Macron has been under fire for his rhetoric against the unvaccinated.

John Thys, Associated Press

France President Emmanuel Macron vowed to make life miserable for those unvaccinated against the novel coronavirus, promptly facing backlash from people around the world.

  • “I really want to piss off the unvaccinated,” Macron told the French newspaper Le Parisien. “And so we are going to continue doing that, until the end.”

He said those who refused the COVID-19 vaccine are the minority, so it wouldn’t be affecting the France population at large.

  • “I’m not going to put them in prison,” he said. “I’m not going to vaccinate them by force.”

Per The New York Times, the French government plans to push through a bill that would tighten the eligibility for the country’s health pass, which allows people to participate in certain events.

  • The government plans to eliminate the option to receive the pass with a negative test.
  • “I won’t send (unvaccinated people) to prison,” Macron said, per BBC News. “So we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”

Macron’s critics have slammed the French president for attacking unvaccinated people, according to BBC News. For example, far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tweeted: “A president shouldn’t say that ... Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”

  • Other critics said the move alienates the unvaccinated, who should be treated as citizens.