It was the 15th consecutive Saturday of mobilization. More than 40,000 people (40,090) have declared across the country against the health pass, according to the Interior Ministry. This participation figure is close to that of last week. The approximately recorded 171 actions, including approximately 5,000 demonstrators in Paris ministries gathered in four different processions.
They were 670 in Nantes according to the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique, as well as 330 in Saint-Nazaire. In Metz, 600 to 700 people mobilized according to the Moselle prefecture, which specified that half of the procession had not followed the route and headed for the motorway, which gave rise to a deployment police, but without notable incidents.
In the rest of Grand-Est, the prefectures have identified 750 people in Strasbourg, 850 in Colmar and 1,000 in Mulhouse.
A person was arrested in metropolitan France, during a rally in Lille, and no member of the police was injured, according to the ministry.
Two people in custody in Guadeloupe
In Guadeloupe, two people who participated in a demonstration against the health pass, including a union leader, were taken into police custody for several hours “for rebellion”.
The Interior Ministry counted 40,610 demonstrators last Saturday. They were more than 81,000 according to the militant collective Le Nombre Jaune, which subsequently publishes its own count.
The attendance in these processions and gatherings had been declining steadily for several weeks. On September 25, 60,000 people protested against the health pass imposed by the government to counter the Covid-19 epidemic, according to the authorities’ report.
The National Assembly gave in the night of Wednesday to Thursday a first green light to the bill “health vigilance”, with the envisaged possibility of a health approach until July 31, 2022. The Minister of Health Olivier Véran has noted Friday a “small surge” of Covid cases, evoking around “5,000 cases per day” currently.
The incidence rate, an indicator that reflects the proportion of infected people in the population, increased this week after eight successive weeks of decline.
The coronavirus epidemic has killed 117,441 people in France, where nearly 51 million people have received at least one injection of the vaccine.