New Covid passport rules have been introduced from today in France which could see British tourists being banned from bars and cafes if they cannot prove they have had both vaccines or tested negative.
Brits could face fines which start at £115 (€135) which could rise to €3,750 and could end up in prison for six months for repeat offences.
British tourists will have to provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated along with a negative Covid test to gain entry into public places such as the Louvre or even the Eiffel Tower along with public transport.
A French government spokesperson said that “the British app is acceptable in itself” and “If you don’t have a smartphone then you just need to print it out.”
French businesses will also face fines to €1,500 and could even be closed down temporarily if bar and café owners do not check the “health passes,” which could see the fines escalate to €9,000 or even 12 months in prison.
Jean-Jacques Samoy, 60, who owns La Java Cafe in St Malo said, “I have put €45 ,000 (£38,000) to one side in a blocked account to pay any fines and have packed my suitcase in case I go to prison.
“The British are always welcome, but I won’t be asking for your vaccine passports.
“It is not our job to play the role of health police. It is completely crazy.”
He accused the French President of “using the pandemic as a pretext to treat the French people like children.”
Samoy added, “[It is] as if we have no common sense or intelligence anymore.”