Wild scenes in France as cops crack down on anti-Macron protesters

Mass protests against beleaguered President Macron have kicked off once again in France, with activists this weekend taking to the streets to campaign against plans to introduce vaccination passports regulating access to commonly frequented public businesses like restaurants.

Shocking footage from social media shows fully kitted out riot cops disrupting the gatherings with a brutal combination of tear gas, water cannons, and the strategic use of batons and shields.

In one clip, the militarised police officers are seen charging down the Avenue de la Grande Armée, violently shoving lone protesters who get in their way.

Other footage shows the legendary Champs-Élysées being submerged in tear gas as Macron’s police force moves to clear out those rallying against the French President.

And elsewhere on the same avenue, viral social media footage has shown the heavy handed deployment of water cannons to disperse crowds – with powerful blasts also appearing to hit street structures associated with local businesses.

The scenes come just days after protesters in Chambéry marched into their town hall chanting slogans like “Macron must resign” before taking down an official portrait of the hated political leader.

Things seemed even more extreme today, with some protesters erecting a huge guillotine draped in red ribbons – an ominous symbol of growing frustration with France’s political and cultural elite, reminiscent of the country’s famous eighteenth century revolution.

This website reported last week on similar protests against other Macron coronavirus policies, with feelings being most inflamed by demands that all healthcare workers receive vaccination by 15 September or face consequences.

Under those new rules, any health worker who has not received both doses by that date will not be able to work and will not be paid, and could also face a fine.

Macron boasted in March that France’s national jabbing effort would catch up with Brexit Britain’s within mere weeks, seeming to suggest that the UK would be hit by reliance on European vaccine manufacturing, but it continues to lag behind the UK in both first doses and second doses nearly four months later.