French President Emmanuel Macron is taking legal action against the man who had him portrayed as Hitler on large billboards.
“Obedient. Get vaccinated,” the posters depicting Macron as Hitler read. The image appeared on a large billboard in Toulon, among others.
Michel-Ange Flori, who made the images and managed some 400 billboards in the southern French department of Var, told the local newspaper Var-Matin that the local police had approached him. “They confirmed that a complaint had been made from the Elysée. I was surprised and shocked.”
Flori is not ready for his test piece. In 2019 he was fined 30,000 euros for a billboard on which he targeted BFM-TV. He also targeted several ministers. However, Flori himself believes that he is exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Protests have taken place in several French cities against the corona pass introduced by the French government. Many banners read ‘dictatorship’ and references to the Second World War – Vichy, Nazi, resistance, but also yellow Jewish stars – were never far away.
The French Minister of European Affairs, Clément Beaune, has condemned this rhetoric. “If only there were more dictatorships like France in the world,” he responded.
The French corona pass must currently be displayed in museums, theatres, cinemas, amusement parks, and swimming pools where more than 50 people come together. It counts as proof that someone has been fully vaccinated or recently tested. From August 9, this will be extended to cafes, restaurants, trade fairs, exhibitions, airplanes, trains, long-distance buses and medical institutions.