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Foreign sportspeople will have to be vaccinated to compete in France

This requirement will come into force with the government’s new vaccine pass law

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Foreign sportspeople will have to be able to prove that they are fully vaccinated in order to compete in France Pic: Maxisport / Shutterstock

France’s Assemblée nationale has given final approval to the government’s vaccine pass bill, which will introduce a proof of vaccination requirement for entry into a range of public spaces and leisure areas, and will also apply to foreign sportspeople competing in France.

Read more: France to bring in vaccine passes: What will change and when?

France’s Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu has announced that, like French athletes, international sportspeople will have to show a vaccine pass in order to be admitted to their event.

Following Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa row, people began wondering whether France would also block unvaccinated sportspeople from competing in the country.

France’s new law will prevent him from competing at the French Open in May unless something changes before then.

Ms Maracineanu Tweeted that: “Once the [vaccine pass] bill becomes law, it will become obligatory for entry into public spaces already subject to health pass requirements (stadiums, theatres or fairs) for all spectators, practitioners, French and foreign professionals.

“We are working together to preserve competitions and to make ourselves the ambassadors of these measures on an international level.” 

Questions surrounding the admittance of unvaccinated sportspeople had been debated by the government’s Cellule interministérielle de crise crisis management committee, which had to decide whether to create bubbles for unvaccinated sportspeople in France, or to make vaccination obligatory for everyone.

Ms Maracineanu had initially supported the bubble idea, but finally ministers decided on the blanket obligation, which will make it easier to organise sporting events and ensure that everyone in the country is subject to the same requirements.

Stanislas Guerini, chief executive of La République en Marche !, said in an interview on RTL yesterday (January 17) that Mr Djokovic's behaviour had been "irresponsible."

"All the big events which will take place in France will also adopt the Covid pass. Who would understand if we asked our citizens to make an effort and respect the rules if we authorise some to get out of them?" he said.

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