While any return to curfews and lockdown has been avoided – and would most likely no longer be accepted by the populace – President Macron has imposed new measures in an attempt to mitigate the new wave of Delta coronavirus infections.

In a televised address on Monday, July 12, Macron said that coronavirus vaccination passes will be compulsory for bars, cafés and restaurants,. Vaccinations will become compulsory for those working with the elderly and the disabled.

He said that a balance needed to be found between freedom and the protection of lives.

“The more we vaccinate, the less space we will leave for the virus to spread,” he said.

In a bid to boost the number of jabs in a country well-known for vaccine reticence, from August 1 it will be almost impossible to live normally without a ‘health pass.’

“From the beginning of August, the health pass will apply to cafés, restaurants, hospitals, retirement homes, and long-distance transport: planes, trains and coaches for long journeys,” Macron said.

FILE PHOTO: French President Macron