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‘Contradicting the concept of solidarity’: France slams Italy for unilateral plan to reopen borders to vacationers

‘Contradicting the idea of solidarity’: France slams Italy for unilateral plan to reopen borders to tourists


Italy shouldn’t have moved to reopen its borders with out coordinating with different EU member states first, French Inside Minister Christophe Castaner mentioned, as non-uniform Covid-19 pandemic response retains testing the block’s unity.

Following greater than two months of statewide lockdowns, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte introduced on Saturday that beginning Italy will permit entrance to European vacationers, whereas the obligatory 14-day quarantine shall be scrapped beginning June 3. France instantly slammed its neighbor for undermining the concept of European solidarity.

“It’s crucial for us to coordinate our choices on the European stage, particularly, relating to the Schengen Space. However at the moment it’s not taking place,” Castaner mentioned.

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In France, journey restrictions will stay in place till a minimum of June 15, the minister mentioned earlier this month. “The closure of the borders is the rule… we now have to maintain this safety in place, this won’t change quickly,” Castaner acknowledged again then.

With 31,763 and 27,625 Covid-19 fatalities up to now, Italy and France are among the many hardest-hit EU nations, however the authorities in Rome appear to be in a higher rush to return to regular life and revive the stalled financial system than their counterparts in Paris.

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Moreover opening up for European vacationers, Italy will permit retailers to renew operations on Monday. Gyms, swimming swimming pools, sports activities facilities are set to reopen on Could 25, with theatres and cinemas to comply with from June 15.

“We’re going through a calculated danger, understanding that the epidemiological curve might rise once more,” Conte mentioned as he detailed the rollback of the coronavirus lockdown. The statistics thus far appears to be on the PM’s facet, with Saturday’s dying toll in Italy falling to 153, the bottom since March 9.

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