Today host Justin Webb questioned Dominic Raab about his surprise praises for Emmanuel Macron’s health pass’, which has sparked violent protests in France.
On Today, host Justin Webb and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab got into a debate. When asked about the UK’s efforts to increase vaccine use, Raab praised the French model of Emmanuel Macron.
The French Parliament approved Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to require a health pass’ in order to be allowed into bars and restaurants.
Mr Raab said: “I was in France earlier this week, and we have seen when they signalled that in various areas you would need double-vaccinated in order to proceed, they got a big surge in people getting double-vaccinated.”
“So it is a little mix of coaxing and cajoling.”
Mr Webb responded: “That’s interesting. Is what the French Government has done a model for us then?”
“Because they are going full into vaccine passports, including in shops and all over the place.”
“The fact you brought it up will concern some of your backbencher colleagues. Is that the direction we are going in?”
Mr Raab immediately tried to retract what he said, saying: “No, no, I wasn’t bringing it up to say we are following the French model.”
“I was demonstrating that you can carefully encourage take-up of the vaccine.”