It passes for the health pass!
In a long-awaited decision, the Constitutional Council validated for the most part this Thursday afternoon the new government health bill, voted urgently in Parliament on July 25, in the wake of Emmanuel Macron's two-week announcements. earlier.
The most symbolic measure of the text, the contested extension of the health pass has therefore finally received the green light from the highest French court, which considers that this tool reconciles in a "balanced" way public freedoms and health protection.
Already in force in leisure places welcoming more than 50 people since July 21, this document attesting to a complete vaccination, a negative test, or a recovery after having had the Covid, will be requested from Monday August 9 in cafes and restaurants, trade fairs and exhibitions, in planes, trains and long-distance coaches and in medical establishments. And possibly in some shopping centers, if the health situation requires it.
The Wise Men have also authorized the vaccination obligation of caregivers and other professionals in contact with sick or at risk people. On the other hand, they criticized the compulsory isolation of people positive for Covid-19 which, according to them, "constitutes a deprivation of liberty". Veto also for the termination of contract of employees on CDD or temporary workers in the event of non-presentation of the pass in establishments subject to this obligation, in order not to create a "breach of equality" with people on CDI, including dismissal for this reason had been excluded from the original text.
On the side of the executive, who did not have much concern about the final result in recent hours, we show sobriety.
In a terse press release, Jean Castex welcomed the fact that the Constitutional Council - referred to by the Prime Minister himself as well as by three groups of parliamentarians - validates "the two main measures proposed by the government", allowing "the full deployment of the strategy to combat Covid-19 ”.
And he "took note" of the cancellation of the isolation requirement.
As for the Elysee, he declined to comment.
In the opposition, reactions are mixed. "The Constitutional Council has played its role of guarantor of individual freedoms," reacted Valérie Rabault, president of the PS group in the National Assembly, who had participated in the collective action against the law on the health pass. "Everything that is taken is good to take", confides to us his colleague LFI Ugo Bernalicis, for whom the possibility of dismissing fixed-term contracts could have threatened "millions of people" employed this summer. The right, through Senator LR Bruno Retailleau, was delighted "that the lack of a health pass [cannot] be a cause of dismissal".
Socialists as Insoumis deplore despite everything the validation of the sanitary pass, "breach of equality" for the former, threatening individual freedoms for the latter. The president of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, criticized the decision of the Constitutional Council, considering that the law establishing the health pass "hinders the freedom of movement of French people in their own country, on the basis of vaccination".
On the other hand, it is not certain that the lifting of the last obstacle to the promulgation of the sanitary law will not appease the opponents of the sanitary pass, always very upset against a device deemed "liberticide". Several hundred of them converged this Thursday evening in front of the headquarters of the Constitutional Council to shout their anger, while a call to gather in the places of France at 8 p.m. was broadcast via social networks. A foretaste of the day this Saturday, when for the fourth consecutive week, anti-passes should demonstrate in many cities. They were more than 200,000 Saturday July 31st.