MARSEILLE, France — As France rushes to vaccinate its population amid a surge in infections, President Emmanuel Macron is getting tough — essentially telling people to get the jab or forfeit a return to normal life.
- Clea Caulcutt
It’s a strategy that has prompted waves of indignation in the country of Liberté, with protests bringing 160,000 people onto the streets across France last weekend.
But nowhere is Macron’s tough-love recipe being put to a greater test than in Marseille, the Mediterranean port city that has emerged as a flagbearer for COVID skepticism.
High levels of poverty, a tradition of defiance against the state and the influence of controversial virologist…