Protesters in France for a ninth consecutive weekend took to the streets to again rally against COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandates.
Three police officers suffered minor injuries during clashes with protesters, the agency told France24.
In early August, during one weekend, the number of demonstrators surpassed 230,000 across different French cities, the ministry said at the time. Those protests occurred shortly after the French top court ruled that the vaccine passport law passed by Parliament was legal.
Protesters have also railed against mandatory vaccinations for all healthcare workers.
The vaccine passport, which is dubbed a health pass by the government, is required by people to enter restaurants, clubs, and a number of other public places. Some media outlets have attempted to characterize the demonstrations as "anti-vaccine," but many protesters have said they're against vaccine passports and mandates, not the vaccines themselves.
On Saturday, people were seen holding banners reading "no passport, no health pass."
Vaccine passports have been flagged by a variety of organizations, including civil liberties groups, as creating a two-tier society of vaccinated and unvaccinated.
"I will not allow the government's action, my action as minister, to be sullied when we have done so much to prepare our country for a global health crisis which, I would remind you, is still going on," she added.