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France’s rights ombudsman warns of health pass discrimination

A festival-goer gets his Covid-19 vaccine certificate checked as he arrives on the opening day of the Les Vieilles Charrues music festival in Carhaix-Plouguer, western France, on 8 July, 2021. © AFP/Sameer Al-Doumy

France’s rights ombudsman Claire Hédon has warned of the risks to freedoms associated with the extension of the health pass. Hédon published the warning on Tuesday 20th of July.

The office of the Rights Ombudsman (Défenseur des droits) Defender is an independent institution of the State. Created in 2011 and enshrined in the Constitution, it has been entrusted with two missions: to defend people whose rights are not respected; to enable equal access to rights for all.

Several points are problematic according to Hédon who questions "both the method and the proportionality of most of the provisions and restrictions in the text".

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