French president Macron is kicking ass and taking names.
“At the same time, the world grew for the vaccinated in France. Self-isolation times for those with full vaccine doses who test positive, Macron’s government said, would drop from 10 days to seven on Monday, and five days with a negative test result.
“Macron’s explosive remarks — made ahead of an expected reelection bid in April — assumed a certain calculus: That the perceived selfishness of the unvaccinated had pushed a share of the population to the breaking point.
“After critics derided the crude language he deployed as unpresidential, Macron remained unbowed: ‘When some make from their freedom … a motto, not only do they put others’ lives at risk, but they are also curtailing others’ freedom. That I cannot accept,’ he told reporters in Paris on Friday. ‘When you are a citizen, you must agree to do your civic duty.’
“BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield reasoned that Macron was issuing a challenge to political rivals. ‘Are they with him, doing everything possible to boost the number of vaccinated?’ Schofield wrote. ‘Or are they siding with the minority, the five million instead of the 50 million, and the anti-vaxxers?’”