Covid vaccination centres vandalized in France

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Two vaccination centres have been ransacked in France amid protests over the government’s introduction of tougher coronavirus rules.

One site in south-east France was vandalized and flooded with fire hoses on Friday night, said authorities.

A day later, another clinic in the south-west was partially destroyed in what local media called an arson attack.

The incidents came on a weekend of demonstrations against Covid measures.

On Saturday, more than 100,00 people took to the streets across France to denounce rules designed to tackle rising infections.

The controversial measures include mandatory vaccinations for health workers and health passes to access most public places.

Critics have accused President Emmanuel Macron’s government of violating their freedoms.

Anti-vaccine graffiti was found near a vandalized vaccination centre in Lans-en-Vercors near the south-eastern city of Grenoble. Saturday’s arson attack targeted a clinic in the village of Urrugne near Biarritz in the south-west.

France has seen several acts of violence and vandalism against lawmarkers who supported the new vaccination rules.

 

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