, Jan 7 () –
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, has defended this Friday some controversial statements in which he advocated “annoying” citizens who are vaccinated against COVID-19, words that he assumes “totally” despite the criticism received in the latter days.
Macron explained that he wanted “the alarms to sound” and stressed that every citizen has rights and, “above all,” duties. “The concept of freedom”, he pointed out, “ends where the freedom of the other is, where the life of the other may be in danger.”
The term “familiar” used by Macron in an interview with ‘Le Parisien’ to charge against the unvaccinated – in French, ’emmerder’ – was especially shocking at a time when in France a debate has arisen precisely around the need to impose or not the vaccination certificate as a key mobility tool.
The French president, who has received the representatives of the European Commission in Paris, has declared together with the president of the Community Executive, Ursula Von der Leyen, that France is not the only country that is committed to restricting the freedoms of those who do not want to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
“Some (governments) make vaccination compulsory after a certain age, but most impose restrictions on social life and say: ‘if you are not vaccinated, you cannot access this place,'” Macron explained at the conference. press.
Among those who have criticized the statements are the president’s main rivals in the upcoming elections. The leader of the Agrupación Nacional, Marine Le Pen, affected Macron by his “vulgarity”, while the candidate of Los Republicanos, Valérie Pécresse, told CNews that “insults are never a good solution.”