France calls UK quarantine rules discriminatory and excessive

France calls UK quarantine rules discriminatory and excessive

A French minister said on Thursday that England’s decision to maintain quarantine measures for travelers leaving France instead of other EU countries is discriminatory and not based on science.

French Minister of European Affairs, Clement Beaune, Luxembourg 06/22/2021 Poole via John Thies/Reuters

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England said on Thursday it would allow EU and US visitors to enter the country without quarantine starting next week, but would modify the rule for those leaving France only at the end of next week.

“This is excessive and, frankly, incomprehensible for health reasons … It is not science-based and it is discriminatory against France,” Clement Beaune, the French minister for European affairs, told LCI TV. “I hope it gets revised as soon as possible, it’s just common sense.”

Beaune said France did not plan reciprocity “as of the moment”.

The British government has said it will maintain quarantine rules for travelers to France because of the beta version’s presence in that country, but French officials say the majority of cases come from the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

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