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Covid in France: Macron wants to ‘get on the nerves’ of non-vaccinated.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wanted to “get on the nerves” of non-vaccinated people in France, in a cutting remark that prompted howls of condemnation from opposition rivals less than four months before the next presidential election.

“The unvaccinated, I really want to get on their nerves. And so, we’re going to continue doing so, until the end. That’s the strategy,” Mr Macron told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview published late on Tuesday.

France last year put in place a health pass that prevents people without a PCR test or proof of vaccination from entering restaurants, cafes and other venues. The government wants to turn it into a vaccine passport that means only the vaccinated can have a health pass.

“I won’t send (the unvaccinated) to prison, I won’t vaccinate by force. So we need to tell them, from January 15th, you won’t be able to go to the restaurant any more ... won’t be able to have a coffee, go to the theatre, the cinema...”

The expression “emmerder”, from “merde” (sh*t), that can also be translated as “to piss them off” or “to get on their tits”, is considered “very informal” by French dictionary Larousse and prompted immediate criticism by rivals on social media.

Mr Macron has been criticised in the past for off-the-cuff remarks which many French people said came across as arrogant, cutting or scornful. He has later expressed contrition on several occasions.

“A president shouldn’t say that,” far right leader Marine Le Pen said on Twitter. “Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”

In the detailed interview, Mr Macron’s first in the new year, the president also said he had a good mind to run for re-election in April, but did not explicitly announce his intention to run. “I would like to do it,” he said.

As the clear favourite in the polls, Mr Macron has not yet officially said he was running, although his lieutenants are already preparing a campaign. – Reuters

ABC News Live: Biden administration withdrawing vaccine mandate for large businesses l ABCNL.

ABC News Live: Biden administration withdrawing vaccine mandate for large businesses l ABCNL.

Plus, the Syrian Democratic Forces say they have regained control of a prison where ISIS militants attempted to break 3,000 fighters out of captivity. #biden #vaccinemandates #SyrianDemocraticForces #isis #abcnl #abcnews

COVID origin response has been detrimental to science: Former CDC director.

COVID origin response has been detrimental to science: Former CDC director.

Former CDC director Robert Redfield discusses new documents raising questions on what top scientists knew about COVID origins. #FoxNews #TheStory Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC)...

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MoneyWatch: Federal Reserve plans to raise interest rates.

MoneyWatch: Federal Reserve plans to raise interest rates.

The Federal Reserve signaled it's getting ready to raise interest rates as soon as March but will keep rates near zero for now. Jared Woodard, the head of the research investment committee of Bank of America Global Research, joined CBS News at the...

$110,000 reward offered in death of 16-year-old Tioni Theus.

$110,000 reward offered in death of 16-year-old Tioni Theus.

Los Angeles County announced a $110,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects for the death of Tioni Theus, who was found dead on the 110 Freeway on Jan. 8.

Six Nations hit with COVID-19 travel challenges

Six Nations hit with COVID-19 travel challenges

COVID vaccination status may not be a requirement to play for a rugby team but it will determine if some players will be eligible to travel for the upcoming Six Nations. Vaccinations are a requirement when traveling into countries like France. Eng...

COVID-19: Cases rise in children returning to the classroom.

COVID-19: Cases rise in children returning to the classroom.

COVID infection rates have been decreasing in the UK since the Christmas holidays. But more children have been getting infected since the schools returned. Almost one in 12 under-18s have been infected - and in some cases multiple times. Sky's Sci...

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