Opponents of the health pass and vaccination were at the rendezvous for their sixth weekend of mobilization, Saturday, August 21, with more than 220 demonstrations recorded by the Ministry of the Interior. In total, 175,503 people marched, according to the same source, a figure down from the previous week, which mobilized nearly 215,000 demonstrators. Twenty people were arrested, and one member of the security forces was wounded. Follow our direct.
Demonstrations all over France. Demonstrators set off across the country at the beginning of the afternoon: Clermont-Ferrand, Orléans, Nancy, Lille, Nantes and Perpignan are among the cities where rallies are taking place. A sit-in in front of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques prefecture took place this morning in Pau. On the Toulon side, about 6,000 demonstrators marched, according to a count of the Var prefecture.
Some tensions in Montpellier. About 9,500 demonstrators gathered in Montpellier (Hérault) to protest against the health pass, according to the prefecture. This figure is increasing, since the same source mentioned 7,500 demonstrators last Saturday. Clashes took place in the afternoon between anti-fascist militants and those of the Ligue du Midi, an extreme right-wing movement, reports France Bleu Hérault. Several jets of bottles and wooden planks were observed, wounded are to be deplored.
Several rallies in Paris. Two processions were organized on the initiative of “yellow vest (gilets jaunes)” collectives, one at the start of the Place du Châtelet and the other on the outskirts of the Ministry of Health at noon. A rally, organized at the call of the Patriotes of Florian Philippot on the Place Denfert-Rochereau, began at 14:30.
According to Beauvau, there were 215,000 demonstrators last time. The last mobilization, on the weekend of August 15, was marked by a slight inflection: 214,845 demonstrators according to the Interior and 388,843 participants according to The Yellow Number, which publishes a city-by-city tally.
The extension of the health pass continues in France. Since Monday, more than 120 major shopping centres and stores in the Paris region and the southern half of France have now been required to systematically check the document.