The French National Assembly voted 114 to 94 in favour of the new amendment.
85 of those who voted for the amendment are members of French President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République en Marche.
Most members of the conservative opposition party Les Républicains voted against the amendment, along with socialist members of the Assembly.
The amendment will allow employers to terminate the contract of their employees who do not comply with the vaccine passport.
Macron announced on July 13th that two island regions of France (Martinique and La Réunion) would return to the sanitary emergency status and adopt an 11 PM curfew.
The President also announced that starting July 21st, a vaccine passport would be required to partake in any non-essential activity with over 50 people (theatres, concert halls, festivals, etc.)
This measure will apply to every citizen aged 12 years and older.
Starting mid-August, the vaccine passport will be required for any clients and employees of cafes, bars, restaurants.
The vaccine passport will also be required to take the train or board a plane.
Shopping malls, retirement homes and “socio-medical” establishments will also require a vaccine passport.
While vaccination will be mandatory for healthcare workers and firefighters, the police will be exempt from the vaccine passport.
In September 2021, the government will launch its third dose “booster” shot campaign, targeted mostly at vulnerable citizens and elders.
The French government will also launch a vaccination campaign in high schools, colleges and universities.
Starting September 15, police checks will be implemented on health care workers who will face mandatory vaccination. Sanctions will be taken against those still unvaccinated.
On July 14th, the day after the announcement, and coincidentally France’s national holiday, citizens took to the streets in 17 cities to protest the government’s vaccine passport.
According to the current draft of the law, any individual unable to present a valid “vaccine passport” while attending these activities may be jailed for six months and fined €10,000.
Storeowners who welcome unvaccinated clients may face up to a year in jail and a €45,000 fine ($53,000 USD or $68,000 CAD).
Protests are planned throughout the country over the coming weekend in opposition to the government’s radical law.