Already the end of the mandatory mask outdoors? The Paris administrative court suspended, Thursday, January 13, a prefectural decree which made it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors in the French capital since December 31, AFP learned from the court. This decision comes the day after that of the administrative court of Versailles, which had suspended a similar decree concerning the department of Yvelines, in the south-west of the capital, a first on the national territory. This court had found that the measure carried “an excessive, disproportionate and inappropriate interference (…) with individual freedom”.

The decision concerning this decree of the capital’s police headquarters, put in place to deal with the emergence of the Omicron variant, will be published on Friday, added the Paris administrative court. Asked by AFP, the police headquarters reserved its response to the receipt of the decision.

“Neither necessary nor strictly proportionate”

“As it was neither necessary nor strictly proportionate, the administrative court wished to suspend the decree”, for his part commented to AFP Me Jean-Baptiste Soufron, who pleaded for the suspension of this decree.

As in many countries, infections have experienced a meteoric rise in France under the pressure of the extremely contagious Omicron variant. At the beginning of the month, the government adopted new restrictive measures, such as the wearing of a mask in transport from the age of 6, and many departments or cities, such as in the Paris region or in Lyon, have imposed the return of the mandatory mask in the street.

The government is also striving to have Parliament adopt the transformation of the health pass, accessible even with a negative test, by a vaccination pass equivalent to a virtual obligation to vaccinate.

President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to “fuck the unvaccinated”, in an interview published last week, and interpreted by analysts as deliberately polemical to push his right-wing competitors into their entrenchments 3 months before the presidential election.

In return, antipass and antivax demonstrations in net revival took place last weekend, with nearly 20,000 people in Paris.


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