France's supreme court orders public to be vaccinated against COVID - 19

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PARIS, Aug 5 - The french supreme court upheld a new law forcing the public to hold a health pass to access bars and restaurants and health workers to be vaccinated against COVID - 19 by mid-September saying it complied with the republic's founding charter.

In its decision on Thursday, the Constitutional Council nevertheless struck down several clauses in the legislation, saying that enforcing a compulsory 10-day quarantine on anyone testing COVID positive was an impingement on freedoms.

It also ruled that while employers could terminate employees who refuse to get a COVID 19 shot or show proof of a negative test, they could not fire them.

The law will come into effect on 9 Aug. The legislation is due to come into effect. It was unveiled by President Emmanuel Macron in July as the Delta variant of the coronavirus fuelled a fourth wave of infections. At the time Macron delivered a simple message: get vaccinated.