French legislators plan to pass a bill that prohibits unvaccinated people from using public transport as the vaccination campaign began last Dec. 27, 2020. The drafted law entails requiring presentation of proof of receiving preventative treatment like vaccines, or a negative coronavirus test before allowing commuters to ride transport that will bring them to locations and/or carry out other activities.
Although French Prime Minister Jean Castex has the support of cabinet members as a way to to address the present and future health crises, not everyone agrees with the proposed law. In fact the proposed law has elicited angry objections from opposition politicians.
The country’s President Emmanuel Macron assures the French people that the Covid-19 vaccinations aren’t compulsory, but he strongly suggest for people to receive vaccination. The need to pass the bill was largely due to the results of an opinion poll that revealed 55% of the French respondents do not have any plans getting vaccinated from the virus.
Opposing Politicians’ Response to the Proposed Law
RN party Marine Le Pen calls the action of passing such law as totalitarian or in other words, an action that controls the citizens. She mentioned that while the bill might not make the vaccinations compulsory, those who do not get vaccinated will be limited from having a social life.
According to RN party spokesperson Sebastien Chenu, the government’s is proposing a bill that is akin to arranging a health dictatorship. Deputy leader of the LR Party, Guillaume Peltier, added that it is unfathomable to allow the country’s government to have the power to restrict the citizens’ freedom without legislative control. Far-left deputy Alexis Corbiere stated that the proposed law is in need of collective discussion as it limits and attacks the people’s public freedom.
Still, French Minister for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin contends that the bill was not created to give power to the government. Nonetheless, she mentioned that a debate will be held concerning the bill, as a way to clarify confusions. .