By announcing that fully vaccinated American and European travelers would no longer have to quarantine themselves upon arrival on British soil, London has opened its doors to foreign tourists.
But the French will not be housed in the same boat, the British government said yesterday, arousing the ire of Paris.
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The decision of 10 Downing Street has “
no scientific basis
” and is “
”, thus judged Clément Beaune at the microphone of LCI this Thursday.
The reason given by London - the "
presence of the South African variant on French territory
" - does not satisfy the Secretary of State either: this variant "
represents less than 5% of cases in France and especially in territories of Overseas
, ”he recalled.
Paris will maintain the pressure to change the situation: "
I hope it will be reviewed as soon as possible
" but no "
" is planned "
in return at this stage
The Secretary of State for European Affairs, on the other hand, welcomed a better harmonization of rules within the European Union: when you are vaccinated or tested "
you can go anywhere
", he noted.
If he no longer advises to avoid destinations such as Spain and Portugal, he recalls that "
the areas where the virus circulates the most in Europe, it is now Spain, the Netherlands, the Portugal, Greece ...
This justifies that "on
return from these countries, we require a test of less than 24 hours
", instead of 48
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In order to reassure travelers, the Secretary of State called for more checks: "
we need a systematic check on boarding
" he stressed, "
carries out checks on companies and this is not perfect, but it has improved a lot,
out checks on companies and this is not perfect, but it has improved a lot,