French protesters stomp on Macron’s portrait and tear it to shreds after storming Poitiers town hall

A crowd of protesters stomped on a portrait of President Emmanuel Macron and tore it up after storming a city hall on Saturday.

About 700 people had gathered in the western city of Poitiers for a demonstration against France’s new vaccine passport system, when several dozen overran the government building.

Under controversial new measures introduced by Macron, a vaccination certificate is required to travel long distances and will soon be required to enter bars, restaurants and cafes.

Footage of the chaotic scenes shows the crowd stomping on Macron’s portrait before tearing it up and throwing it out the window as a crowd cheers outside.

A man is seen holding up the framed portrait before he and a crowd of others come forward to hold it in front of an open window.

The clip cuts to several people stomping on Macron’s portrait and breaking the glass, before the photo is ripped off the frame and torn up in view of the crowd outside.

The pieces are thrown out the window to the cheering crowd below.

The doors of the building were open for a wedding at the time of the protest, The new republic reported.

A crowd of protesters stomped on a portrait of President Emmanuel Macron and tore it up after they stormed a city hall on Saturday

About 700 people had gathered in the western city of Poitiers for a demonstration against France's new vaccine passport system, when several dozen overran the government building.  Pictured: Protesters hold a portrait of Emmanuel Macron from the window of Poitiers City Hall

About 700 people had gathered in the western city of Poitiers for a demonstration against France’s new vaccine passport system, when several dozen overran the government building. Pictured: Protesters hold a portrait of Emmanuel Macron from the window of Poitiers City Hall

The mayor of Poitiers, Leonor Moncond’huy, condemned the protesters, who she said had also attacked a municipal official.

“I strongly condemn the degradation of #Poitiers Town Hall and the attack by a municipal official on the sidelines of the demonstrations that day,” she wrote in a Twitter post.

“Freedom of expression must be exercised with respect for the rule of law and for individuals, and cannot justify any violence.”

Sacha Houlié a politician for Macron’s La Republique En Marche! party from Poitiers also slammed the demonstrators.

“Insults, death threats, outrageous comparisons, invasions of public places, torn portraits of the president. France of Pasteur, the city of Descartes, is ashamed of these individuals who denounce the dictatorship while [its] customs,” he wrote on Twitter.

Two men were arrested on Saturday, one suspected of stealing a tricolor has been released. France Blue reported.

A 52-year-old man was given a 15-day suspended prison sentence on Monday for destroying Macron’s portrait, the outlet said.

Footage of the chaotic scenes shows the crowd stomping on Macron's portrait before she tears it up and throws it out the window as a crowd cheers outside

Footage of the chaotic scenes shows the crowd stomping on Macron’s portrait before she tears it up and throws it out the window as a crowd cheers outside

Several people stamped on Macron's portrait, breaking the glass, before tore the photo from the frame

Several people stamped on Macron’s portrait, breaking the glass, before tore the photo from the frame

The man, a father with a clean criminal record, was also given five years’ probation.

He admitted to destroying the portrait and told a Poitiers court that he “regretted” his actions, which he attributed in part to “the crush, the crowd movement, the uproar, the complicated year 2020, the health pass and the threat of no longer be able to go to a restaurant.’

The man’s lawyer later said he had “learned the lesson.”

Smaller protests against the health passport also took place in Niort, Bessines and Melle on Saturday.

The mayor of Poitiers, Leonor Moncond'huy, condemned the protesters, who she said had also attacked a municipal official.

The mayor of Poitiers, Leonor Moncond’huy, condemned the protesters, who she said had also attacked a municipal official.

Earlier this month, Macron announced in a TV speech that due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant across France, a coronavirus vaccination pass would be mandatory for bars, cafes and restaurants.

He also said there will be “mandatory vaccinations” for all health workers, who risk fines if they don’t follow the rules.

The announcement sparked protests across France, with large crowds continuing to gather to demonstrate over the weekend.

Visitors to museums, cinemas and swimming pools are already banned from entering if they cannot prove that they have been vaccinated or have recently received a negative test.

On Monday, the French parliament approved the bill to extend the use of the passport.

The number of coronavirus cases is increasing in France, where 27,128 new infections were registered on Tuesday. An additional 32 deaths were reported.

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