Emmanuel Macron defended his controversial comments about people who choose not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The French president said in an interview earlier in the week that he wanted bother or piss off those who are not vaccinated.
Macron defended his comments that made the headlines on Friday, saying he would not accept people who infringe on the freedoms of others.
“To be a citizen is to have rights and duties and it is first and foremost a duty,” Macron said.
“The concept of freedom that is brandished today by some of our compatriots to say ‘I have the freedom not to be vaccinated’. It stops where the freedom of the other is at that time hampered , where the life of the other can be endangered “, he added.
Macron said that not only do people who choose not to receive the jab endanger the lives of others, but they also restrict the freedoms of others.
France, where more than 90% of the adult population is vaccinated, records on average more than 200,000 new COVID-19 infections per day. Health authorities reported 328,214 new cases on Friday.
The French parliament voted on Thursday in favor of new legislation to turn the country’s health passport into a vaccine pass, excluding unvaccinated people from entering bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and other public spaces.
Watch the video report in the player above.