France in chaos as Macron loses control – politician pelted with mud as tensions flare

Macron criticised for ‘snubbing’ France in favour of EU

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French politician Stephane Claireaux, who is a member of President Macron’s ruling La Republique En Marche party, was attacked as he left his house at the weekend. The group were protesting against France’s strict Covid passport rules – which are required to attend bars, restaurants and use public transport.

Last week Mr Macron moved to introduce stricter measures.

If approved, they would require people aged 12 and over to show proof of being fully vaccinated in order to participate in certain activities, use public transport, and enter places like bars and restaurants.

A negative COVID-19 test will no longer suffice as it did before, except for access to health facilities and services.

In a viral Twitter video posted today, Mr Claireaux is seen raising his hands to protect himself as handfuls of mud are hurled at him.

The politician, who claimed to have had death threats over the restrictions, was confronted by dozens of protesters outside his home.

As it hit his face the mob laughed and cheers.

The video emerged after the embattled French President stoked public anger by saying he wanted to “p*** off” unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated they would end up getting the Covid vaccine.

Mr Macron – who is seeking re-election this year, said: “When some make from their freedom … a motto, not only do they put others’ lives at risk, but they are also curtailing others’ freedom.

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“That I cannot accept.

“When you are a citizen you must agree to do your civic duty.”

Addressing the attack, Mr Claireaux told France Info: “I am obviously going to launch a legal complaint. Some people think the right decisions are not being made.

“We are all receiving death threats by mail, at some moment this has to stop.”

French Overseas Minister Annick Girardin also condemned the attack.

She said: “The attack on Stephane Claireaux outside his own house during a demonstration against the health pass is totally unacceptable.

“The images are extremely shocking.”

Since uttering the inflammatory term, Mr Macron has acknowledged that it may have upset some.

Despite this, he insisted that he takes full responsibility for it.

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