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France now requiring COVID pass to visit Eiffel Tower, museums

Visitors register for COVID-19 tests at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Visitors register for COVID-19 tests at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

PARIS — Visitors now need a special COVID pass to ride up the Eiffel Tower or visit French museums or movie theaters, the first step in a new campaign against what the government calls a “stratospheric” rise in Delta variant infections.

As the new rule comes into effect today, tourists who came to the Paris landmark unprepared line up for quick virus tests at the site. To get the COVID pass, people must show they are either fully vaccinated, have a negative virus test or proof they recently recovered from an infection.

“The world is facing a new wave, and we must act,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex says.

The solution, he says on TF1 television, is “vaccination, vaccination, vaccination,” urging his compatriots to sign up for injections to avoid new lockdowns. Of France’s 18,000 positive cases recorded yesterday, he says 96% involved people who were not vaccinated.

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