France: Supermarkets Demanding Covid Pass

Some French supermarkets are now requiring their customers to show a covid pass before entering.

The measure is sparking much controversy as a video showing police blocking the entrance of a supermarket to a group of people has emerged on Twitter.

Over the past few weeks, France has extended covid pass requirements to nearly all basic venues including bars, cafés, restaurants, cinemas, trains, stadiums, and gyms. Supermarkets are the latest addition to this list. This week, some French supermarket chains have announced that they are now requiring customers to show a valid covid pass before entering stores whose surfaces exceed 20,000 square meters (approximately 215,278 square feet), in areas where the covid incidence rate is over 200 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Notices informing shoppers of the new regulation have been placed at the entrance of many supermarkets. One from Carrefour (see above) reads: “Welcome! From Monday, August 16 onward, have your covid passes ready for a serene shopping experience.” (…)

A fine of up to 750 euros (approx. £644) is applicable to people presenting a fake or fraudulent covid pass. The fine increases to 1500 euros (approx. £1288) for a second offence and to 3750 euros (approx. £3220) for a third.

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