France calls UK quarantine rules discriminatory, excessive

England said it would allow vaccinated visitors from the EU and US to arrive without needing quarantine. — Reuters pic
England said it would allow vaccinated visitors from the EU and US to arrive without needing quarantine. — Reuters pic

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PARIS, July 29 — England’s decision to keep quarantine measures for travellers coming from France and not for those coming from other European Union countries is discriminatory and not based on science, a French minister said on Thursday.

England said today it would allow fully vaccinated visitors from the EU and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, but that it would review rules for travellers from France only at the end of next week.

“It’s excessive, and it’s frankly incomprehensible on health grounds ... It’s not based on science and discriminatory towards the French,” French Europe Minister Clement Beaune said on LCI TV. “I hope it will be reviewed as soon as possible, it’s just common sense.”

Beaune said France was not planning tit-for-tat measures “for now”.

The British government has said it is keeping quarantine rules for travellers from France because of the presence of the Beta variant there, but French officials say the bulk of cases comes from the island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. — Reuters

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