Health pass: the French protection measure on the Bastille holiday


The French celebrate this Wednesday, the 14th, the holiday Bastille National Prison, prison in the central region of Paris attacked by a popular revolt on July 14, 1789.

was the trigger for French Revolution, one of the main milestones for the end of the absolutist monarchy in Europe and for the emergence of the democratic rule of law as the standard in the most advanced economies on the planet.

Usually the date is celebrated with military parades on the main streets and avenues of French cities — in Paris, the celebration is on the famous Champs-Elysées.

Last year, because of the pandemic, the July 14 parade was canceled for the first time since World War II. Instead, a more restricted ceremony, without an audience, celebrated the work of doctors, nurses and other health professionals in the midst of the health crisis.

Now, the French are preparing a triumphant return to the party. The show on the Champs-Elysées should have 4,300 soldiers, 71 planes, 25 helicopters, 200 horses from the Republican Guard, according to French website The Local. The president Emmanuel Macron must attend the ceremony.

At least 25,000 people are expected to attend the celebration in Paris, according to the AFP news agency. Spectators should have some “health pass” with information about vaccination against covid-19.

In addition, they will need to have a negative test for the virus on hand or some medical report proving recovery from infection caused by the virus. Finally, they must wear masks throughout the event.

One of the main attractions of the event, the flying flights of Armed Forces fighter planes to form the colors of the French flag in the skies should take place in the morning in the arch of La Défense, at one of the ends of the Champs-Elysées.

Later, the same venue was to host concerts by DJs Doppelgänger Brothers and Bob Sinclair, but the attractions were canceled amid escalating covid-19 cases in the Paris region.

The fireworks display, the highlight of the ceremony, is on, Paris officials said on Sunday. To watch them, spectators must, of course, have health passes in hand.

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