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France proposes a “voluntary” quarantine for travelers from outside the EU

May 19, 2020

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has assured that as of this Wednesday the government will ask all French citizens and residents of French territory who come from outside the European Union to maintain a “voluntary” quarantine of fourteen days.

“As of this Wednesday, we will ask the French to come to France and those who live in France to voluntarily quarantine,” said Le Drian in an interview on the LCI network. The measure, as he has made clear, would affect returns from “outside the European Union”.

The head of French diplomacy announced the proposal the day after President Emmanuel Macron criticized the measure adopted by Spain for all travelers entering the country, regardless of their origin, because he doubts that the measure “more “will be effective or most realistic” to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

France proposes a “voluntary” quarantine for travelers from outside the EU
France proposes a “voluntary” quarantine for travelers from outside the EU

“From a health point of view, we will examine this measure over time as I am not sure if it is the most effective or the most realistic when I look at the Franco-Spanish border and the reality of its controls,” said Macron. who confirmed that France would apply the same “reciprocity” restriction to the Spaniards.

The French President believes that the countries of the European Union that share a border also have “real regulatory convergence” and have taken similar measures to combat the pandemic, which he believes is the fight against the virus without closing the borders enables. .