MPs from the left and right joined forces against France’s coronavirus passport system
FILE PHOTO: Face masks and a digital Covid-19 pass are seen in Montpellier, France, January 27, 2022. © AFP / Pascal Guyot
French lawmakers have voted to end the country’s Covid-19 pass, rejecting a provision that would have reinstated the program for those traveling to and from the country after the government’s emergency powers expire at the end of the month.
France’s lower chamber voted 219-195 on Tuesday to amend a major health bill and remove the passport measure, seeing the right-wing National Rally party unite with populist-left faction La France Insoumise.
The legislation will now make its way to the Senate, where recently elected Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne vowed to “fight so that the spirit of responsibility wins.”
“The situation is serious. By joining together to vote against the measures to protect the French against Covid, [the opposition parties] prevent any border control against the virus,” she said in a tweet following the vote.