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    • Massive protests erupt against French Covid-19 pass

      Massive protests erupt against French Covid-19 pass

      Thousands of protesters marched in the streets of cities across France on Saturday against new rules that force citizens to show a Covid-19 health pass for daily activities. Crowds rallied through the streets of Paris, Marseille, Nice, Montpellier and other towns, waving signs reading "Pass=Apartheid" and chanting "Freedom, freedom", Reuters reported.

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    • Catholic priest murdered in France by immigrant from Rwanda

      Catholic priest murdered in France by immigrant from Rwanda

      A Rwandan national suspected of causing a major fire that ravaged the cathedral in the French city of Nantes last year murdered a Catholic priest in western France on Monday, the interior minister and a source close to the investigation said, news wires reported. "All my support for the Catholics of our country after the dramatic murder of a priest in the Vendée region," French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin wrote on Twitter, saying he was heading to the scene.

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    • France implements disputed health pass with slight modifications

      France implements disputed health pass with slight modifications

      People in France will from Monday need to show a health pass to enjoy usually routine activities such as sipping a coffee in a cafe or travelling on an intercity train, news wires reported. The plan was championed by President Emmanuel Macron to squeeze Covid-19 infections and encourage vaccination. The government is pressing ahead with the extension of an already-existing health pass to cafes, restaurants and intercity travel, despite four weekends of angry protests that saw almost a quarter of a million rally nationwide on Saturday.

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    • Nationwide protests against Covid-19 health pass grip France

      Nationwide protests against Covid-19 health pass grip France

      Protesters took to the streets across France on Saturday for a fourth consecutive weekend to demonstrate against a new health pass needed to enter a cafe or travel on an inter-city train, two days before the new rules come into force, news wires reported. The new rules championed by French President Emmanuel Macron make it obligatory to have either a full course of vaccination against Covid-19, be in possession of a negative test or be recently recovered from the virus to enjoy usually routine activities.

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    • Covid-19 health pass complies with French constitution: court

      Covid-19 health pass complies with French constitution: court

      France's top constitutional authority on Thursday approved a Covid pass that limits access to cafes, restaurants and inter-city trains and planes to people who have been vaccinated or tested negative for the virus, news wires reported. The Constitutional Council said the restrictions voted by parliament last month represented a "balanced trade-off" between public health concerns and personal freedom.

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    • England to lift quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from France

      England to lift quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from France

      The UK government said late Wednesday it will ease English entry rules requiring arrivals from France to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated, following its latest review of travel curbs, AFP reported. The change, which will come into effect at 4:00 am (0300 GMT) on Sunday, puts France back on England's so-called "amber" list of countries under its traffic light system for arriving travellers.

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    • Israel tells France it is taking spyware allegations 'seriously'

      Israel tells France it is taking spyware allegations 'seriously'

      Israel is taking seriously allegations that spyware developed by an Israeli company was used against public figures worldwide, Defence Minister Benny Gantz told his French counterpart during a visit to Paris on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Israeli defence chief Benny Gantz met French Defence Minister Florence Parly in part to share initial findings from an Israeli government assessment of exports to France by NSO Group, which sells the Pegasus spyware.

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