A bill before the French Parliament would give the nation's prime minister extensive authority in future health crises, including the power to restrict the movement of people who are not vaccinated against the health threat of the moment.
As presented, the bill would allow restrictions to use of public transportation and public areas unless a person can show a negative test result or vaccination proof. It would not apply to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Numerous French politicians are pushing back against the bill, even before formal discussion of it begins.
The bill poses "a very grave risk of violating the most fundamental civil liberties," said Senator Loïc Hervé.
Member of Parliament Fabien di Filippo also criticized the bill with a post on Twitter.
"How incompetent can [the government] be when it presents on the sly … three days before Christmas, a bill with restrictive sanitary measures that would give it powers of vaccine blackmail?" he asked.
Leader of France's National Rally Party, Marine Le Pen, tweeted that the bill is "ludicrous" and "fatal to freedom."
The French government has said it will not require citizens to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but may want to employ such a tactic in future health crises.
🔦 One French parliamentarian, Valérie Six, has proposed a vaccine passport to allow people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to access businesses that are currently closed to the public.