Vaccine Wars: Update from the French Front
I recently wrote about the impending implementation of the “pass sanitaire” in France. This system has now been in place for several weeks so I can relate my experience living under its restrictions unvaccinated.
My first surprise was before the official start. I was to meet a couple of Canadian students at one of the few places in Paris where you can have a pitcher of beer, La Javelle along the Seine. I was shocked to see this sign requiring the pass sanitaire, but also note the arrows pointing to a testing station a few meters away. At no cost I had the antigen test performed, received the pass over the phone, and then could enter all in about 15 minutes. The swab up my right nostril made solid contact with my tear duct. I was not feeling hurt, but I was half crying, with tears streaming down my right eye.
There has been opposition to the policy in the traditional French pattern of demonstrations. I participated in one of the early ones in Paris on Saturday (July 17th). It was rather small, I thought, and would never change the government policy. A middle aged woman stood on a bench in front of me to assess the crowd. Her shrug displayed the same pessimism that I felt. Here is a report on this demonstration; I am actually in the scene (the guy with a cap and shorts on the left center of the screen) for a few seconds starting at 4:00 to 4:20. Despite the demonstrations Macron seems to be holding firm, He has gone so far as to state that “I am a victim of your liberty” not to vaccinate. In one conversation someone asked me why would Macron be following a global conspiracy? I then heard in one of Reiner Fuelmich’s interviews that Macron was a member of the World Economic Forum Young Leaders program. Nuff said.
I have spent most of my time this summer in Burgundy where most people seemed indifferent to the restrictions. We also took a short trip to Spain by car. According to various websites, including official government sites, proof of vaccination or recent test results would be required to cross the border going in both directions. I took an antigen test at a pharmacy (at no cost) before we left. But I should have realized that between two Schengen countries there were no facilities for border control on the roads. But I did notice that there was a long backup going the other way at the French toll station about 5 km inside the border. This made me think that the French authorities might be checking. Thus, the day before returning to France we stopped in a clinic
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