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Ardennes elected officials demand the "urgent" reopening of the Franco-Belgian border

2020-05-22T20:38:12.748Z

Several deputies, senators, local elected officials from the Ardennes and the president of the Grand Est region on Friday demand from the government "the emergency reopening" of the Franco-Belgian border, pointing to the "economic difficulties" of a partially "landlocked" territory . The north of the department and especially "the tip of the Ardennes totally landlocked in Belgium" , already in di...



Several deputies, senators, local elected officials from the Ardennes and the president of the Grand Est region on Friday demand from the government "the emergency reopening" of the Franco-Belgian border, pointing to the "economic difficulties" of a partially "landlocked" territory .

The north of the department and especially "the tip of the Ardennes totally landlocked in Belgium" , already in difficulty before the epidemic of Covid-19, are particularly weakened by this crisis and the closing of the border, alerts the deputy The Republicans Pierre Cordier, in a letter co-signed with four parliamentarians, the presidents of regions and departments, and several local elected representatives.

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"The loss of revenue recorded in food stores is considerable, and many jobs are threatened (...) because nearly 70% of customers are Belgian in border businesses" , deplore the elected officials in this text.

At the time of deconfinement in France as in Belgium, "the resumption of the tourist season is crucial for our department" , they argue, proposing to "allow tourists from neighboring countries to come, why not by applying the rule of 100 km regardless of the border ” .

Source: lefigaro

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