The authorities want to prevent any blockage of the capital and deployed 7,200 police and gendarmes, who fined the vehicles
for participating in an unauthorized event or carried out simple checks at the gates of Paris, slowing down traffic.
The movement was formed on the model of the mobilization in Canada paralyzing Ottawa.
It brings together opponents of the vaccine passport which reserves access to people immunized against COVID-19 to a good number of places open to the public (restaurants, cinemas, etc.), but also demonstrators for social demands, on purchasing power and the cost of energy.
Leaving from all over the country, cars, motorhomes and vans had stopped Friday evening on the outskirts of the capital.
Among the scattered instructions circulating within the movement: a call to join the Champs-Élysées, the most famous Parisian artery.
A few vehicles of demonstrators and trucks of mobile gendarmes were present on the avenue, calm at the end of the morning, noted a reporter from theAFP.
Armored vehicles were also parked at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, a monument at the top of the Champs-Élysées, a photographer from theAFP.
The deployment of these armored vehicles is a first since the demonstrations of the social protest movement of the
yellow vests born in the fall of 2018, moreover present in the current convoys alongside opponents of President Emmanuel Macron.
The moment is important, it’s peaceful, we’re not here to breaktold a reporter from the AFP a forty-year-old, who wanted to remain anonymous, arrested at a meeting point in the forest of Fontainebleau, south of Paris, before returning to the capital.
Prime Minister Jean Castex promised to be inflexible:
If they block traffic or if they try to block the capital, you have to be very firmhe warned.
: by disarray in some, depression in others. We see a very strong mental suffering […]. And sometimes, this fatigue also translates into anger. I hear it and respect it”,”text”:”We are all collectively tired of what we have been going through for two years. This fatigue is expressed in several ways: by disarray in some, depression in others. We see a very strong mental suffering […]. And sometimes, this fatigue also translates into anger. I hear it and respect it”}}”>We are all collectively tired of what we have been going through for two years. This fatigue is expressed in several ways: by disarray in some, depression in others. We see a very strong mental suffering […] And sometimes, this fatigue also translates into anger. I hear it and respect itunderlined President Macron in an interview with the regional daily Ouest-France.
But I call for the greatest calmhe added.
Two months before the presidential election in France, the government says it plans to lift the vaccine passport by the end of March or the beginning of April. The mask will no longer be compulsory in closed places subject to the passport from February 28, with the exception of transport.
Ads that arouse the mistrust of the forties who requested anonymity and his wife.
We no longer trustto political leaders as well as to the media, they say, speaking of a
The police reassessed the number of vehicles overnight at 3,000, for 5,000 demonstrators, some of whom intended to join one of the four processions
anti pass scheduled from 11 a.m. in Paris.
For these parades, the authorities expected throughout France between 25,000 and 30,000 people, a figure in line with those of previous gatherings.
The ban on gathering convoys was upheld on Friday by the courts, which rejected two appeals.
It is a betrayal. The basis of the decree [d’interdiction] are not respectful of the law, of the freedom to demonstratereacted to the AFP the anti-vaccine activist and
yellow vest Sophie Tissier.
The right to demonstrate and hold an opinion is a constitutionally guaranteed right […] The right to block others or prevent coming and going is not.replied the head of government.
Some participants hope to reach Brussels for a
european convergence scheduled for Monday, but the Belgian authorities have banned access.