Owners face a year in prison, €45,000 fine.
People in France who enter a bar or restaurant without a COVID pass face 6 months in jail, while business owners who fail to check their status face a 1 year prison sentence and a €45,000 fine.
The punishments are part of a draconian effort by the French government to force citizens to get the coronavirus jab amidst multiple unruly protests across numerous major cities.
President Emmanuel Macron announced earlier this week that those unable to prove they’re vaccinated or a negative COVID test (at their own cost) will be banned from using public transport, entering a cinema, shopping mall, bar, cafe, restaurant and other venues from August 1st.
“People unable to present a valid health pass risk up to six months in prison and a fine of up to €10,000 (£8,500), according to the draft text of the law, while owners of “establishments welcoming the public” who fail to check patrons’ passes could go to jail for a year and be hit with a €45,000 fine,” reports the Guardian.
There will soon prison sentences attached to the new French law for vaccine passports.
If you are caught in a restaurant without proof of vaccination, you face up to six months in jail.
The restaurant owner faces up to a year for hosting you.
Does that sound extreme?
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) July 16, 2021
The sanctions represent the most authoritarian move to force vaccine compliance in the west, and probably outstrip a lot of actual dictatorships in other parts of the world.
The Guardian rather euphemistically describes it as a “big stick approach,” which would be true if that ‘big stick’ were an electric cattle prod the size of the One World Trade Center building in New York.
The government had to withdraw a similar law back in December following numerous riots, but merely re-introduced the same legislation with even tougher punishments for dissenters.
As we previously highlighted, police in Paris used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the measures in scenes that unfolded in several other major cities throughout the country.
We are now entering the phase of the pandemic where it’s becoming clear that those who refuse to take the vaccine will remain under the most onerous lockdown measures yet in perpetuity.
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I live in France. The law is WORSE than you indicated. Président Macron announced that one needs the covid pass to received care in a hospital at the same speech he made for malls, restaurants etc. We need à covid pass to received emergency médical care at hoptial! Our mainstream paper “Le Monde” underlined this problem but the president told the whole nation one needs à pass to be a “client, usager, ou salarié” client, patient or worker in a hospital. As of August 1 all people 12 and over need the pass to go to the hospital..No vacciné or pcr test from 48 hours, no emergency health care and it seems all covid patients currently at hospital will be linked out or face jail for receiving care as of August 1.. horrible im à second class citizen now.