French President Emmanuel Macron has warned he intends to make life difficult for people in France who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
He told France’s Le Parisien newspaper; “I really want to hassle them, and we will continue to do this – to the end,”
The session in the National Assembly was halted for a second night running as opposition delegates complained about the president’s language, with one leading figure describing it as “unworthy, irresponsible and premeditated”.
In his interview with Le Parisien on Tuesday, Macron said that while he would not “vaccinate by force”, he hoped to encourage people to get jabbed by “limiting as much as possible their access to activities in social life”.
He said; “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, 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.”
The word used by Macron – emmerder – is a vulgar term meaning to annoy and, four months before the French presidential election, it prompted a strong reaction from opposition politicians.