French lawmaker's residence attacked in suspected anti-vaccination protest

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French lawmaker's residence attacked in suspected anti-vaccination protest

<div> <p><span class="caps">PARIS</span> – The garage of a French ruling party lawmaker was set on fire and an adjacent wall scrawled with graffiti by suspected anti-vaccination protesters, as the government prepares to tighten legislation on <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 shots amid soaring infection numbers.</p> <p>In Chambly, north of Paris, the house of Pascal Bois – an MP for President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling <span class="caps">LREM</span> party – was targeted on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, with his car and garage set on fire and phrases like “Vote No” spray-painted on the wall running around his house.</p> <p>“Such criminal acts of intimidation are not acceptable in a democracy,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on his Twitter account on Thursday, adding that police had opened an investigation.</p> <p>Similar phrases were sprayed on the wall at the offices of <span class="caps">LREM</span> lawmaker Carole Bureau-Bonnard in Noyon, further north of Paris in recent weeks.</p> <p>“It is worrying that some people say that the measures to fight the epidemic make France look like a dictatorship. They should go and take a look in some other countries, and think about the situation in the hospitals, where most of the <span class="caps">COVID</span> patients are not vaccinated,” Darmanin said.</p> <p>Faced with a spike in new <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 infections – with a record high of more than 208,000 new cases reported on Wednesday – the government will require that people show proof of vaccination to enter many public places from Jan. 15.</p> <p>Until now, proof of a recent negative <span class="caps">COVID</span> test was sufficient to enters bars, movie theatres and trains.</p> <p/> </div>