French MP José Everard, whose vaccine-skeptical far-right party opposed government measures to control the spread of COVID-19, has died, the speaker of parliament said on Friday.
It was unclear whether Everard, who was 76, had refused to be vaccinated himself. He had expressed support on social media for the protesters against the COVID-19 restrictions and health measures.
National Assembly Speaker Richard Ferrand said on Twitter: “To his wife, his children, his relatives, as well as his colleagues and allies, I send my heartfelt thoughts.”
Representing the Pas-de-Calais region in northern France, Evrard was one of three MPs affiliated with the far-right party “Débout la France” (Stand Up, France). Its founder, Nicolas Dupont-Aignon, is one of France’s foremost anti-vaccination activists.
In October, Everard co-signed a parliamentary resolution demanding that an investigative committee be set up to look into the potential side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.
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