A Covid pass takes France by storm (Opinion)
Sunday, during the final of the European 3 X 3 basketball Cup, each of us had his pass scanned before being allowed to enter an outdoor arena at the foot of the Trocadero. We were packed side by side, but no one seemed too concerned.
The Macron government believes the French will see the widespread economic benefits of the health pass program. “I’m pretty sure the French will assess the success of this policy, but not only in terms of the health pass, but also how it has been treated in terms of the economy,” said a senior adviser. to Macron, told me last week during a conversation at the Elysee.
“The anti-vax movement is not so representative of the French population,” the adviser told me. “It’s a small part of the population and we have more and more people who are now vaccinated.”
Now, the sanitary pass, the economic rebound and the growing confidence of the French that the country is on the mend may well prove essential for Macron when it comes to securing a second five-year term in office. 2022 elections. However, some opponents of the president are still clinging to mandatory vaccinations and health passes as a symptom of the Macron government’s anti-liberal tendencies.
Marine Le Pen, her far-right opponent, called the health pass “disproportionate interference in [our] liberty “, in the opening speech of her campaign last weekend while promising that she would be a” president of French freedoms “.
Now, with the health pass and the mask mandate serving as cornerstones of France’s response to Covid-19, the country could become one of the global success stories of the pandemic. And with the return of children to school, their parents to work and the growing economy, France can be a useful model for Europe and the world.