The diners are reportedly protesting the new “health pass” imposed by the French government on August 1, which is intended to restrict access to businesses to people who have not been fully vaccinated.
“French citizens boycott vaccine passports by eating right in front of nearly empty, vax-only bars and restaurants,” reads one Twitter caption. “If people think Americans are rebellious when faced with any kind of directive from their government, they should check out France,” another person wrote.
Anecdotally, there are unconfirmed reports that anti-vax protesters are ready to get a little more aggressive by organizing flash mobs in supermarkets where the unvaccinated are not allowed.
RT: “The calm protest was different from louder demonstrations against Covid-related restrictions that have been taking place in the last six weeks. During such rallies, participants banged on drums, carried flags and placards, and sometimes clashed with police in Paris and elsewhere.
The use of health passes was expanded in France last month as the country has been fighting against a surge in infections with the more contagious Delta variant of the virus.
Proof of vaccination status or a negative Covid-19 test are required to access leisure and cultural venues and events bringing together more than 50 people, as well as bars and restaurants, and for long-distance travel by plane, train or bus.
The government also mandated that medical workers, caregivers, firefighters and police officers get vaccinated by September 15. The measure prompted backlash among people in these professions, and led some unions to call for strikes.”
In recent weeks, the French have been rising up and speaking out against the Covid lockdowns and vaccine passports. We shall see how far these protests go in the coming weeks.