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    Macron announces new outdoor mask ordinance

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    (ANSA) – PARIS, 14 JAN – The French government spokesperson and very loyal President Emmanuel Macron, Gabriel Attal, announced today that a new ordinance will be “soon” adopted by the Ministry of the Interior regarding the use of outdoor masks in Paris, after justice rejected the provision in force since the end of December. The spokesman specified that this new version “will define in a more subtle way the conditions in which the mask should be used outdoors”.

    The announcement follows the suspension, yesterday, by the administrative court of Paris of an ordinance of the prefecture by which the use of the mask in the public space of the French capital was made mandatory from 31 December. In the sentence, the court considers that this rule “does not respond to the imperatives of strict proportion to the health risks incurred prescribed in the fourth paragraph of the first article of the law of May 31, 2021”.

    On Wednesday, the Versailles Administrative Court had suspended a similar order for the Yvelines department, believing that the measure represented an “excessive, disproportionate and inappropriate outrage (…) to individual freedoms”.

    Meanwhile, after the failure to find a compromise between senators and deputies on the adoption of the vaccination pass – the transalpine equivalent of the Super green pass -, the French deputies today started working on the bill again. The prospect is that the enhanced pass will be made mandatory only for the over 16. “There is no more time” in the face of the pandemic, warned Attal, during a speech in parliament, replacing the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, post in turn in isolation after testing positive for Covid. France had committed to adopting this new device by mid-January given the urgency of the situation linked to the Omicron variant. (HANDLE).

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