Macron wants to "piss off" the unvaccinated
Emmanuel Macron has said that he wants to "piss off the unvaccinated" to fight the spread of Covid in the community.
The President of France made the comments during an interview with La Parisien on Tuesday (4 January).
"The unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And so, we're going to continue doing so, until the end. That's the strategy," he said.
"I won't send (the unvaccinated) to prison, I won't vaccinate by force.
"So we need to tell them, from 15 January, you won't be able to go to the restaurant anymore, you won't be able to have a coffee, go to the theatre, the cinema...," he added.
Stricter restrictions surrounding vaccinations are set to be implemented on 15 January, including a revoking of the country's Covid pass for over 65s who have yet to receive a booster dose.
A Covid pass will now be mandatory to enter restaurants, cafes or cinemas or board trains, with negative test results no longer being accepted for entry.
264,182 cases of Covid were detected in France on Tuesday, with a 7-day average of 178,563 cases per day.
Macron was criticised for his choice of language during the interview, using the word "emmerder", deriving from the French word for shit.
Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen described Macron as "unfit for office" in a tweet on Tuesday night.
📹 Cette vulgarité et cette violence du Président de la République prouvent qu'il ne s'est jamais considéré comme le président de tous les Français.
C'est une faute politique mais aussi une faute morale lourde ! #DirectAN pic.twitter.com/Y9i1pYjw0F
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) January 4, 2022
Left Party member Jean-Luc Mélenchon described the phrase as an "astonishing admission" from the President.
"It is clear the vaccination pass is a collective punishment against individual freedom," he wrote.
— Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) January 4, 2022
The next presidential election in France is due to take place this April.
While not officially announcing his candidacy, Macron revealed during the interview that he would like another term as president of France.
"I would like to do it," he said.