In an interview with Le Parisien, saying that “anti-vaxers” are annoying and angry, Macron used the French word “emmerder”, which is actually a curse.
The president’s statement comes while the French parliament is debating a bill on vaccination certificates, according to which only vaccinated people would be allowed to enter restaurants, cinemas and other public places.
“I really want to annoy the unvaccinated. And we will continue to do so, until the end. That is the strategy,” Macron said.
His use of the language, which is more often heard at the bar of French cafes, has further complicated the already difficult adoption of the government’s proposal in parliament.
Deputies requested an end to the debate this morning due to Macron’s comments.
Last year, France introduced certificates that allow vaccinated people and those with a negative PCR test to enter restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums and sports arenas, but the government now wants to introduce certificates only for vaccinated people.
Passes will be needed for interregional trains and buses, as well as for domestic flights.
Opposition MPs protested violently in the National Assembly hall as Macron’s Minister of Health Olivia Veran tried to defend the president’s choice of words.
Veran said that Macron’s interview showed his “intention, above all, to protect the population”.
Critics have accused Macron of behaving inappropriately to the president and targeting the unvaccinated in order to gain the support of 90 percent of French adults who have been fully vaccinated.
Opposition MP Sebastien Jumel said Macron “deliberately decided to bring hysteria into the debate”.
Macron faces re-election in April. He has not run yet, but he said in an interview that he wants to run.
Macron’s frustration with the unvaccinated and criticism of his vocabulary dominate the French media today.
Macron referred especially sharply to “anti-vaccines”, and not to those who have not yet been vaccinated, saying: “An irresponsible person is no longer a citizen”.
Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who opposes the bill, said the president wanted to “wage war against the French.”
Macron’s supporters assessed that he simply said out loud what some vaccinated people think about the unvaccinated, in a country that is deeply divided on the issue of vaccination.