PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Senate on Thursday approved the government’s latest measures to fight Covid-19, including a vaccine passport that has met with public opposition after President Emmanuel Macron’s harsh criticism of those who are not vaccinated.

The Senate supported the measures against Covid and the vaccine passport project against the disease by 249 votes to 63. The project had previously been approved by the Lower House of the French Parliament.

Macron and members of his ruling party La Republique En Marche have stepped up their campaign this year against the unvaccinated against Covid as France battles the fifth wave of the virus.

Macron told Le Parisien this month that he would like to “annoy” unvaccinated people by making their lives more complicated so that, in the end, they end up getting the Covid vaccine.

On Wednesday, France recorded 361,719 new cases of Covid in the last 24 hours, and 246 deaths from the disease in hospitals.

French teachers will also leave their jobs on Thursday because of what they see as a failure to adopt a coherent policy for schools to manage the Covid pandemic or to protect students and staff from infection.

(Reporting by Camille Raynaud)



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