Protesters opposed to Covid regulations pelted a French MP with seaweed and stones outside his home in the overseas territory of St-Pierre-et-Miquelon at the weekend.
Stephane Claireaux, a member the governing La Republique en Marche, said he had filed a police complaint following the attack. Other MPs called it a “lynching.”
Claireaux claimed he went outside to talk to protesters angry at the imposition of the “health pass” by local authorities. He said that his wife was also attacked when she joined him.
The rule was announced by the state representative, the prefect, on 2 January and has angered residents of St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, an overseas territory in the north-west Atlantic near Canada.
In mainland France, the health pass, or pass sanitaire, has been in effect since last summer, and requires people to have been vaccinated, have recovered from coronavirus or have a negative Covid test to access public places including bars, cafes, restaurants, museums, theatres and long-distance trains.
A bill is being considered by parliament to increase these restrictions and create a “vaccine passport”. It would require that all persons are fully vaccinated before they can be granted access to public places.
“I’ll be complaining to police, that’s an assumption,” Claireaux said on France Info radio Monday. He claimed that he was standing in front of his home waiting to speak to the protestors when they started pelting him.
“People started throwing seaweed at me from a car that was loaded with seaweed. He continued, “It was like a stoning.” “My wife met me on the front steps. He said that he had dodged a pebble which missed us by 5cm.
The vaccine pass bill was passed by a large majority on first reading by the national assembly, the lower house, last week after a bitter debate. The senate is currently reviewing it before returning to the national assembly for a final voting. The government will implement the law 17 January if it is approved.
Annick Gilardin, minister of the sea, condemned Claireaux’s “attack”, stating that he had been the victim of “numerous projectiles violently thrown towards his face followed with stone throwing”. Marc Fesneau, another minister commented on “the cowardice to target a single peaceful and defenseless man in front of his home”.
” “An intolerable limit has been crossed,” Fesneau stated.
Sebastien Lcornu, minister for France’s overseas territories said Claireaux had been “lynched right in front of his family home”. Lecornu said he and Gerald Darmanin, the interior minister, had “instructed the prefect of St-Pierre-et-Miquelon to ensure the protection of the deputy”.
Christophe Castaner, the head of the LREM group in the national assembly, said there had been 322 threats against MPs in 2021. Numerous reports have come out of attacks on MPs’ property and cars. Numerous reports have come out of France claiming that MPs and their property were attacked. Property was graffiti-covered, cars and garages were set on fire. Intimidating messages included death threats ..
More than 100,000 protesters rallied across France on Saturday against further restrictions on the unvaccinated. According to government estimates, the protests attracted four-times the number of December’s. They were held after Macron, the French president, stated that he wanted to “piss off “ people who refuse to get the vaccine and make their lives harder. Valerie Pecresse is a conservative presidential hopeful and said Macron was creating a wedge in the country.
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