France travel: UK criticised over 'inconsistent' ruled by MEP
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France has been included in a category of its own in the Government’s travel list system as the double-jabbed travellers from the EU country will be the only ones required to still isolate upon arrival into the UK. Rules regulating the entry of residents and citizens from amber list countries are due to change on Monday as most coronavirus lockdown measures are eased but new rules for France were announced on Friday evening. LREM! MEP Veronique Trillet-Lenoir hit out at Boris Johnson’s Government for the “inconsistent” move as she said the concerns expressed about the spread of the beta variant of Covid from mainland France are unfounded.
Asked about the French Government’s reaction to the move, Ms Trillet-Lenoir told the Today programme: “I am sure the decision will be very difficult to understand.
“It is slightly inconsistent with the threatening lifting of most COVID-19 legal restrictions in England from Monday.
“I fully understand the concern of British nationals and I’m wondering, as a medical doctor, why impose such restrictions on entries from one country to another where the infection rate is soaring much higher?”
She continued: “The beta variant is right now absolutely not detected in mainland France but only in some French overseas territories such as those in the Indian Ocean.
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“I’m wondering whether the British authorities might be concerned about the known low-protective capacity of the AstraZeneca vaccine against this variant.
“But again, it is not present in France, in mainland France, at all.”
Today presenter Mishal Hussain however cast doubts on the assertion, saying: “At all? Are you saying there are no cases in mainland France?”
Ms Trillet-Lenoir responded: “There are no more cases in mainland France. The variant is located in La Reunion, which is an Indian Ocean island both very far away from France and England.
“So it’s really difficult to understand from a sanitary point of view.”
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