WEF-stooge and French President Emmanuel Macron suffered his first devastating defeat after his ruling party lost its majority in elections last month.
After a fierce debate that began on Monday and lasted until late Tuesday night, the French Parliament has voted AGAINST COVID-19 health passports at the borders.
Opposition lawmakers rejected a proposal to give the government powers to reinstate the health passport after the current state of emergency expires August 1st.
French parliament has voted AGAINST covid passports for travellers to the country, a big defeat for Macron.
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) July 13, 2022
RFI shared details of the debate that reportedly had “an atmosphere like a football match”:
The first article of the bill passed the assembly with 221 votes in favour and 187 against.This allows the government to continue to collect health data on screening tests (SI-DEP device) and vaccinations until 31 January, instead of the 31 March planned in the original version.
Two other remaining articles, on the modalities of a parliamentary follow-up, have been merged into one.
However, opposition deputies of the far-right National Rally (RN), of the right-wing Republicans (LR) and of the left alliance NUPES led by far-left France Unbowed (LFI) went on to reject the second article on border controls, one of the key parts of the bill.
You read that last part correct.
The “far-right” and “far-left,” the so-called “extremes,” worked together to strike down COVID-19 health passports.
“With 219 votes to 195, MPs refused the government the possibility to demand travellers show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test when entering or leaving France after 1 August when the current state of emergency expires,” RFI noted.
Watch the celebration of the ‘populist right’ and ‘populist left’ banding together below:
French parliament has voted AGAINST Covid health passports for travellers to the country, a big defeat for Macron. 🇫🇷#moj_podsetnik biće , chain reaction https://t.co/RrPKvBBCuo pic.twitter.com/e0DlFYm4qs
— Hordearii (@Hordearii_72) July 13, 2022
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne condemned the two sides joining forces:
(translated) “The situation is serious. By joining together to vote against the measures to protect the French against Covid LFI, the LR and the RN prevent any border control against the virus. After the disbelief on this vote, I will fight so that the spirit of responsibility wins in the Senate,” Borne tweeted.
L’heure est grave. En s’alliant pour voter contre les mesures de protection des Français face au Covid LFI, les LR et le RN empêchent tout contrôle aux frontières face au virus.Passée l’incrédulité sur ce vote, je me battrai pour que l’esprit de responsabilité l’emporte au Sénat.
— Élisabeth BORNE (@Elisabeth_Borne) July 12, 2022
“Parliament has done its job, the opposition has done its job,” RN deputy Sébastien Chenu and vice-president of the Assembly told France Info on Wednesday, celebrating what he described as a “spineless” text.
“We have reinstated our freedom”, he went on, adding that “the government cannot do everything with a bulldozer like it’s been doing for the past five years.”
Chenu also hinted that this victory could be the first step for healthcare workers fired for refusing COVID-19 inoculation to be rehired into their positions.
If anything, the victory highlights the uphill challenge Emmanuel Macron faces after losing the absolute majority in the National Assembly during last month’s legislative elections.