Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Macron takes to TikTok to push COVID vaccines

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PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday took to TikTok and Instagram to try counter misinformation about vaccines following the third weekend of demonstrations over a controversial Covid health pass.

Macron discarded his customary dark suit and tie for a black t-shirt in a short video from the presidency s holiday residence in southern France, in which he repeated that vaccines were the “only weapon” that could beat back the fourth wave of coronavirus.

“Some of you have been hearing false rumours, some of it rubbish it has to be said,” he said in the selfie video, in which he urged the vaccine-shy to put their questions and concerns directly to him.

He was speaking after an estimated 200,000 people demonstrated across France on Saturday.

The protests were the biggest since Macron last month announced that people would have to furnish proof of vaccination, a negative Covid test or recent recovery from Covid to gain entry to most museums, cinemas and sports venues.

The rules will be extended to bars, restaurants, long-distance trains and shopping centres on August 9.

Opponents accuse Macron of running a health “dictatorship”, saying the measures impinge on freedom of choice.

In scenes reminiscent of the “yellow vest” anti-government protests of 2018-2019, tens of thousands have staged protests, some of which have ended in rioting.

Macron, who is expected to seek re-election next year, has been the chief target of the demonstrators’ ire.

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