Will French citizens no longer be allowed food if they are unvaccinated?

Quick Take

A rumour has spread among social media users that authorities in France are going to stop Covid-19 unvaccinated citizens from buying food and groceries. The claim is Mostly False.

The Claim

Based on a statement by France’s President Emmanuel Macron, a number of social media users started assuming that France is going to block the entry of unvaccinated citizens to all departmental stores. Several users claimed, “No jab, no food.”

Such posts can be seen here, here, and here.

This further triggered a situation of unrest among citizens who questioned if taking the vaccine is any more optional.

Fact Check

Has France decided to stop food supply for unvaccinated?

No. It is wrong to say that France decided to stop Food supplies for the unvaccinated.

On July 12, President Emmanuel Macron declared that major entry into major public places will require people to carry the Covid Health Pass (EU Digital Certificate for the COVID vaccine). This announcement triggered the rumour that the Govt. is now preventing people from entering supermarkets to buy food.

On July 13, Health Minister Olivier Véran clarified to the media, “We are talking about [asking for health passes in] big shopping centres… not supermarkets.”

What did France President Emmanuel Macron say?

The President said the health pass (pass sanitaire) will be needed to access public spaces including restaurants, transport, cultural spaces, shopping centres, sports centres and more.

He said, “You’ve understood – vaccination is not immediately obligatory for everyone, but we’re going to extend the health pass to the maximum, in order to push a maximum of you to go and get vaccinated.”

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