France allows entry of European agricultural workers


The Federal Council of France has decided to open its borders to agricultural workers in Europe, even though the country’s borders remain closed to other categories due to the evolution of the coronavirus.

All agricultural workers from European countries, who hold a valid employment contract will be eligible to enter the country in order to help French farmers, reports

Regarding this issue, the President of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Thanawat Tientsin, has issued an urgent warning to governments because the coronavirus has also had an impact on the agricultural sector.

It is expected that the growing number of undernourished people will be exacerbated by the pandemic, “With the poor – especially the urban poor – people living in remote areas, migrant and informal workers, people in humanitarian crisis and conflict, and other vulnerable groups who may be the worst affected “

In the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, France followed the example set by other Schengen countries on the introduction of border controls, as part of the country’s efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Unlike other European countries, France has decided to maintain border controls until October 31.

The country has also decided to impose a mandatory two-week quarantine on all people from other countries in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Although the French government has said the decision will not include EU Schengen countries and Britain, the government quickly clarified that the new quarantine rules could also affect the exempted places.

Amidst developments in the coronavirus, France has decided to extend the state of health emergency until July 24.

Regarding “countries at risk”, the French authorities will soon draw up a list with more information, according to French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye.

However, the French Minister of the Interior noted yesterday that he had agreed with his German counterpart, the Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer, to reopen the common borders by June 15, what restrictions have been put in place in order to contain the flow of COVID-19.


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