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The Senate of France approved this Wednesday night in first reading a modified version of the bill that strengthens the tools for managing the health crisis which establishes the vaccination pass.

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Despite being dominated by the right-wing opposition, 294 members of the Senate voted in favor, 63 against after two long days of peaceful debate. The body led by Gérard Larcher held its debates in a very different climate than that surrounding the adoption of the law last week in the National Assembly.

The deputies and senators will hold a meeting this Thursday at sunset at the Palais Bourbon with the aim of reaching an agreement on the final version of the text in the Joint Parliamentary Commission (CMP). If lawmakers reach an agreement, it will go to a final vote in the Senate on Thursday and then in the Assembly on Friday.

The Government is not very satisfied with the changes to the text made by the Senate. Among the modifications is that the vaccination pass can only be applied when the number of hospitalizations due to the coronavirus exceeds 10,000 people and the imposition would automatically cease when it falls below that amount.

The French health authorities reached 24,000 patients admitted to hospital centers. However, since it is less than the stipulated amount, the measure indicates that the vaccination pass can be maintained in those places where the complete vaccination rate is below 80 percent of the population or with a high incidence rate.

For his part, the Secretary of State for Children and the Family, Adrien Taquet, considered that it was not desirable to establish quantifiable criteria in the law, since the pandemic changes its nature on a regular basis.

Another limitation introduced by the Senate is that the presentation of the vaccination pass is exclusively required for those over 18 years of age. Minors between the ages of 12 and 17 continue to be required to present a simple health pass.

Likewise, the possibility of the owners of bars, cafes and restaurants verifying the identity of the owner to verify fraud is eliminated.



Likewise, the Senate opposed administrative sanctions against companies that do not apply telework or do not apply the protocols, as part of the anti-Covid-19 measures. Instead, they voted in favor of a single parent authorization for the vaccination of children between 5 and 11 years old, as was already the case with those between 12 and 15 years old.

According to the leader of the Republican caucus, Bruno Retailleau, with this “significantly improved text”, it would be a bad choice to “sweep away with the palm of the hand” the contributions of the Senate in the (CMP).

“We are getting closer, but we will not do it at any cost,” he said, while assuring that they want responsibility, but also proportionality.

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