France wants citizens to vacation at home this summer


FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk on Place du Trocadéro, near the Eiffel Tower, as France has started to gradually end a nationwide lockout due to coronavirus disease (COVID -19) in Paris, France, on May 16, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes / File photo

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government does not want its citizens to travel abroad this summer and recommends that they take their vacation in France, said Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne on Sunday.

Earlier this month, President Emmanuel Macron said it was unlikely that the French would be able to make large trips abroad this summer and that even trips to Europe should be limited to reduce the risk of a resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic.

Borne, in an interview with France Inter radio, also said that next week the government would decide to possibly loosen the rules on domestic travel to France, currently limited to a maximum of 100 kilometers from home.

She said the parks in Paris should remain closed for the time being, as the capital was still a “red zone” for the circulation of viruses.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has repeatedly asked the government to reopen the parks, because Parisians, who mainly live in apartments without a garden, tend to gather around closed parks where it is difficult to follow the rules of social distancing.

Report by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Mark Potter

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