French politician attacked by Covid anti-vaccine pass demonstrators
The French politician Stephane Claireaux, who is a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling La Republique En Marche party, said on Monday that he had been attacked over the weekend by protesters demonstrating against France’s Covid health pass.
The attack on Mr Claireaux, which occurred on Sunday, comes amid public anger in France after Mr Macron said he wanted to “p— off” unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated they would end up getting the Covid vaccine.
Mr Claireaux is member of Parliament for the constituency of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a French overseas territory in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, near the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
“I am obviously going to launch a legal complaint. Some people think the right decisions are not being made. We are all receiving death threats by mail, at some moment this has to stop,” he told France Info on Monday.
The French Minister of Overseas, Annick Girardin, condemned the attack on Mr Claireaux and her Twitter account posted an image of the incident, which showed protesters hurling mud at Mr Claireaux as he stood outside his house.
L’agression de Stéphane Claireaux à son propre domicile lors de la manifestation contre le passe sanitaire est absolument inacceptable. Les images sont profondément choquantes. pic.twitter.com/S4ttQF2WTG
— Annick Girardin (@AnnickGirardin) January 9, 2022
“The attack on Stephane Claireaux outside his own house during a demonstration against the health pass is totally unacceptable. The images are extremely shocking,” said Ms Girardin.