Macron Stands by Vulgar Remarks on Unvaxed, Accuses Them of 'Curtailing Others' Freedom'

Macron Stands by Vulgar Remarks on Unvaxed, Accuses Them of 'Curtailing Others' Freedom'


PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron maintained on Friday his rude remarks about the country’s minority of vaccine refusers, saying he cannot accept them infringing on others’ freedom.

The 44-year-old outspoken president, who is expected to seek re-election later this year, made headlines earlier this week by using the word “emmerder” — rooted in the French word for “crap” and meaning to rile or to bug. He was talking about his strategy for pressuring vaccine refusers to get coronavirus jabs. His vulgar language dominated news broadcasts and provoked angry reactions from his political rivals.

Speaking in a news conference in Paris, Macron acknowledged the term may have upset some, but said he takes full responsibility for it.

“When some make from their

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