Macron 'faces revolt' over vaccine passports says McCrae
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The French President shared the picture of a graphic based on data released by Our World in Data on Thursday which showed that France was leading the vaccination race above the USA and Germany. In a bid to boast about himself and to convince more people to get vaccinated, He wrote: “Together we will make it happen.
“Because together France is stronger, more united, more civic, more responsible. Let’s get vaccinated.
“We are France.”
But Mr Macron’s gloating attempt was unmasked by Charles-Henri Gallois, Generation Frexit leader, as he shared the original graphic showing the UK, Canada and Spain are ahead of France in the vaccination race.
He mocked Mr Macron: “LOL.
“A scale like Fox News which forgets about figures from Spain, from Canada or the UK as comparable countries.”
It comes as France will strengthen lockdown rules in the overseas territory of Guadeloupe to rein in the spread of COVID-19, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday, as spikes in infections in its Caribbean islands overwhelm hospitals.
The French overseas territory of Martinique on Tuesday entered a tougher lockdown for three weeks to tackle the pandemic with the closure of beaches and shops selling non-essential items and restrictions on people’s movements.
Authorities in Martinique have also advised tourists to leave the island.
President Emmanuel Macron, who on Wednesday held a virtual meeting with his senior cabinet ministers to discuss the pandemic, said the COVID-19 situation in the Caribbean islands was “dramatic”.
According to the independent COVIDTracker website, only 21 percent of the populations of Guadeloupe and Martinique have received a first dose of a vaccine.
That compares with 67.05 percent of all French people having received one vaccine dose and 56.04 percent being fully vaccinated.
Health Minister Olivier Veran on Sunday appealed for volunteer doctors and nurses to travel to the territories to reinforce local health staff.
Attal also said that there were no signs of new COVID-19 infections receding in France globally.
“The level of virus circulation is high,” he told a news conference.
Attal said that France would stop reimbursing COVID-19 tests from mid-October as the country aims to get more people to be vaccinated.
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