On 16 January 2022, the National Assembly voted to approve additional coronavirus-related legislation, which includes a requirement for residents to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter entertainment venues and restaurants as well as to travel aboard long-distance trains. Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted 215 in favor and 58 against the legislation. Vaccine certificates are tentatively scheduled to be enforced beginning on 20 January.

Analyst Comment: Thousands of French citizens have engaged in weekly demonstrations in cities across the country in opposition to coronavirus-related requirements. On occasion, these demonstrations have resulted in clashes between protesters and police officers, during which the officers have employed crowd control tactics. The passage of the vaccine requirement legislation increases the likelihood of additional coronavirus-related demonstrations as well as labor actions by unions throughout France.