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Covid jabs mandatory in French Pacifc territory of New Caledonia

The local parliament in France's South Pacific territory of New Caledonia has voted in favour of compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations of all its adult population and visitors to the archipelago over fears of the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus that is sweeping French Polynesia.

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How historic vaccine triumph made Pasteur Institute a tool of French 'soft power'

Louis Pasteur in his office, in about 1890. © Photo Dornac et Cie / Wikimedia commons Louis Pasteur in his office, in about 1890. © Photo Dornac et Cie / Wikimedia commons

When in 1885 French scientist Louis Pasteur successfully treated a nine-year-old boy called Joseph Meister who had been bitten by a rabid dog it marked a turning point in the development of vaccines. But the medical breakthrough was also the launchpad for a global expansion of institutes bearing their founder's name which became a spearhead for French influence around the world. As part of a summer series on the history of vaccines, Nicolas Chevassus-au-Louis looks at the pioneering work of France's Louis Pasteur and his nationalistic rivalry with Germany's Robert Koch.

Macron sues over posters showing him dressed as Hitler

French President Emmanuel Macron has launched a lawsuit over a billboard poster campaign in the town of Toulon, southern France, in which he appears as Adolf Hitler with an accompanying caption that reads 'Obey. Get vaccinated'.

France launches coronavirus travel pass

The new app will be tested on flights to Corsica this week.

Macron says anyone who wants vaccine will have it by end of summer

French president said that in the coming weeks production of COVID-19 vaccines in France will start and there would eventually be four different production centres.

French new Covid-19 cases at seven-week high

New Covid-19 infections are on average increasing by more than 18,000 a day, figures show.

The political discontent behind French vaccine scepticism

Past medical scandals involving big pharma and public officials have made many suspicious of vaccines.

France in race to contain new Covid-19 variant, speed up vaccine rollout

Marseille mayorsaid seven to eight people had tested positive for the new variant in the city, while tests were underway on 30 others who may also have been exposed to it.

French plan for mandatory 11-vaccine shot meets with public mistrust

The French parliament will later this year debate a health ministry proposal to make compulsory the vaccination of young children against 11 different ingectious diseases, only three of which are currently mandatory, but the move divides public opinion of which, opinion surveys show, a large minority consider vaccines unsafe.

French parents face jail for refusing to inoculate children

Couple object to additives that go into the diphtheria, tetanus and polio jabs, which are compulsory under French law.