French MPs receive death threats over COVID-19 restrictions

A protester wearing a yellow vest reading 'No Pass No Vax' during a demonstration against the COVID-19 health pass. [EPA-EFE / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON]

Several MPs of La République en Marche (LREM), President Emmanuel Macron’s majority party in parliament, have received death threats as French lawmakers are set to examine a draft bill that would transform the current sanitary pass to a vaccine pass this week, French news channel FranceInfo reported on Monday.

MPs received emails threatening them with a “hail of bullets” or having their head cut if they voted in favour of the draft bill, while LREM deputy Pascal Bois saw his garage and car burned and the walls of his house tagged.

Responding to the death threat on Twitter, French MP Agnès Firmin Le Bodo declared that “no threat will dictate my way of voting”, calling for an “urgent” reaction of the country’s political class as “our democracy is in danger”.

France is currently registering a new peak in COVID-19 infections, with a daily average of 160,000 new cases over the past week due to the Omicron variant.

While new restrictions for school, work and transport came into force Monday, political life has also been impacted as an increasing number of politicians are testing positive for COVID-19 – including Equality Minister Élisabeth Moreno and National Assembly president Richard Ferrand.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen of the Rassemblement National party even announced she would postpone the launch of her presidential campaign for the April elections to early February rather than the initial 15 January date due to the worrying health situation, EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France has reported.

(Magdalena Pistorius | EURACTIV.fr)

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