French MPs block maintaining Covid pass for international travellers

Opposition MPs have rejected part of a Covid bill that would have given the French government the possibility to reinstate health pass measures for travel in and out of France beyond July 31.

France’s ruling coalition, Ensemble !, failed to win an absolute majority in parliamentary elections in June, meaning they will now in most cases have to rely on the support of opposition MPs to get bills through the lower house of parliament, the Assemblée nationale.

This Covid bill was one of the government’s first experiences of ruling through compromise and it was met with the full force of the new power dynamics in the House.