France to keep borders closed until at least June 15, Interior Minister says


FILE PHOTO: French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner attends a press conference after the cabinet meeting as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues at the Elysée Palace in Paris, France on May 2, 2020. François Mori / Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) – French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said after the lifting of the coronavirus shutdown in France on May 11, the country’s borders will remain closed until further notice.

“Since the start of the crisis, border closings have been the rule, and permission to cross a border is the exception. We need to keep this protection in place, it will not change anytime soon, “Castaner said in a televised press conference.

He said the restrictions would remain in place until June 15 at least.

Report by Geert De Clercq, Benoit Van Overstraeten, Michel Rose and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Jon Boyle

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