‘This is actually pretty scary’: Social media reacts to Paris police asking diners to show ‘health pass’

It was once said that if you want to know what America will look like in 20 years, look to Europe today.

Well, that’s a troubling take if you take a look at current events in Paris, France.

Effective this week, anyone in France entering a café, restaurant, shopping center, or hospital, or taking a long-distance train, will have to show a special COVID-19 health pass.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced in July that people will have to show a special COVID-19 health pass to gain access to these establishments, according to Healthline.com.

With the policy now in effect, a video from Reuters reporter Antony Paone captured Paris police going table to table in an outdoor seating area asking diners to produce a health pass.

The first checks of #Police started as a preventive measure at #Paris in cafes and restaurants where the #PassSanitaire is mandatory as of today. Verbalization of 135 euros from next week, up to 9,000 euros in the event of a repeat offense,” Paone tweeted, as translated by Twitter.

“The health pass — known officially as the EU Digital COVID Certificate — shows whether a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a recent negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19,” Healthline reported. “Anyone over the age of 12 will also be required to show the pass to visit a movie theater, museum, live theater, theme park, or cultural center starting July 21.”

Over 200,000 French protesters hit the streets last week, some were wearing yellow stars emblazoned with the term “non vaccinée,” which means not vaccinated and is a play on Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews.

Macron urged the French to “accept these collective rules … and get vaccinated,” according to The Guardian.

Proving he’s a politician through and through, he twisted personal freedom into being irresponsible.

“It’s about citizenship. Freedom only exists if the freedom of everyone is protected… it’s worth nothing if by exercising our freedom we contaminate our brother, neighbor, friend, parents, or someone we have come across at an event. Then freedom becomes irresponsibility,” Macron said.

Believe it or not, some find it acceptable for police being able to approach people and essentially ask for their papers:

On the other hand, skeptical social media users see it for what it is. Here’s a small sampling of some of those responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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