Tear gas in Toulouse as France sees nationwide protests against 'health pass'

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across France on Saturday, July 17, against plans for a mandatory 'health pass'. Video showed one such protest in Toulouse, in south-western France. Despite promising otherwise just months ago, President Emanuel Macron is introducing rules that will require citizens to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative PCR test, to enter cultural and leisure venues like restaurants, theatres and museums. Health workers will also be compelled to take a Covid-19 vaccine or face losing their jobs. While many at the protests were concerned about civil liberties, some were also 'anti-vaxxers' -- views which are much more common in France than in many other European countries.

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