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French cafés sit EMPTY as police RAID outdoor diners, after Macron extends vaccine pass to restaurants

RT | August 9, 2021

Police in France have begun enforcing the vaccination pass mandate to enter cafés and restaurants, leading to many of their tables being empty during the usually busy lunchtime, as the French lunched on public benches instead.

On Monday, President Emmanuel Macron’s government extended the controversial ‘pass sanitaire’ requirement to dining venues, even outdoor ones, disregarding the weekend of mass protests that drew at least 250,000 people onto the streets across France.

A video doing the rounds on social media, shot by a Reuters photographer, showed French police checking diners’ papers. Those without the pass face a €135 *($158) fine, which increases to €9,000 ($10,560) for a repeat offense.

By lunchtime, many sidewalk cafés were sitting completely empty as their regular customers chose instead to sit on public benches outside – according to a multitude of photos and comments posted on social media, anyway.

Another video showed outdoor venues with few diners on the Champs Élysées, Paris’ main thoroughfare.

There were photos of empty tables right across the city at times when such places would ordinarily be full.

The famous Grande Brasserie, near the Bastille square, had a few customers inside, but no one out on its patio. One Twitter user speculated that the outdoor seating areas were empty as the result of some kind of nationwide boycott of the health pass.

The pass, introduced by Macron to compel vaccinations against Covid-19, has been mandatory for entrance to museums, movie theaters, swimming pools, and other venues since July 21. The courts have also ruled that it was constitutional to mandate vaccinations for healthcare workers, some of whom have gone on strike in protest.

Facing a rising number of Covid-19 cases attributed to the Delta variant of the virus, the French authorities have pressed hard to vaccinate everyone. Meanwhile, vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna have drastically increased the price of their vaccines in the European Union.

August 9, 2021 - Posted by | Civil Liberties | ,


  1. The French won’t put up with this sort of oppression. Is it any wonder that they are Revolting?

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 9, 2021 | Reply

    • The French are revolting ??? :-) LOL

      (Sorry Brian could not resist it.)

      Liked by 2 people

      Comment by redracam | August 9, 2021 | Reply

      • It’s OK….I put it there as a joke, and you responded, as I thought someone would………Let’s all have a laugh…….

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 9, 2021 | Reply

  2. Noted. Can’t conjure up a comment worth its salt (er, lunch)….

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 10, 2021 | Reply

  3. The only thing between the masses and the Satanic pedovore elitist filth, their presstitutes and waffling Brownstoned political scum is the herd of braindead vertical pigs guzzling at the trough. Rocket science it ain’t.

    Those who make peaceful protest impossible (having lunch WTF)
    make violent revolution inevitable.

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by Martillo | August 10, 2021 | Reply

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