This certificate faces stiff opposition from some who believe it erodes civil liberties.
On Saturday, some 16,000 people demonstrated in France against the new health restrictions imposed by the government. But on Sunday the French Parliament approved the law on the health passport for those vaccinated against the coronavirus, after an agreement between legislators from both chambers.
President Emmanuel Macron ordered last week that the health passport, which serves as proof of complete vaccination or negative PCR tests, will be mandatory for French who want to enter places such as cinemas or discos. This certificate faces stiff opposition from some who believe it erodes civil liberties.
The announcement was part of an action by Macron to make vaccination a key weapon against the virus in the face of the emergence of variants, by forcing people to get vaccinated if they want to continue with their daily routines. The measures were adopted by decree, but since last Tuesday Parliament engaged in a marathon session to decide whether to make them law.
The ruling party faced difficulties in obtaining legislative approval. Macron has a majority in the National Assembly, but the Senate is dominated by the right-wing opposition. The Senate passed the legislation but included several amendments that the government says limit its impact, AFP reported.
Given this, the two parties met on Sunday for three hours to reach an agreement to approve the law at night by a large majority. The legislation has yet to be ratified by France’s highest administrative authority, the Constitutional Council, before becoming law, a step requested by Prime Minister Jean Castex.