France wants to reopen travel with tourist destinations on June 9

France intends to reopen trips with some of the main countries of origin or destination of tourists such as the United States from June 9 with the aim of “having as normal a summer as possible.”

This is the intention of the Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, who in an interview this Monday with the LCI channel acknowledged that “it will not be possible to open all destinations” and highlighted the difficulties to do so with China, given the restrictions they impose. there its authorities for its “zero covid” policy.

Djebbari said that he is negotiating with the United States the resumption of flights normally and that the rule is reciprocity, that is, that it is applied in both directions. He also cited the talks that are being held, for example, with Singapore.

A central element of this strategy is the health certificate that the European Union wants to implement as of June 16, and which will be based on the interoperability of the applications that will be created in each country.

In the case of France, the application named TousAntiCovid is already being tested on flights between Corsica and cities in mainland France. An experimentation that will be extended to air corridors with the French Antilles and with other European cities.

The Secretary of State indicated that with the end of the perimeter confinements from today inside France (until now it was forbidden to travel more than 10 kilometers from home without a valid justification), many more trains are going to be put into service.

Specifically, if until now 20% of the usual high-speed trains (TGV) circulated during the week, now it is 40%. On weekends, the percentage will go up from 40% to 80%.

As the de-escalation progresses, he said that it is expected to have “a summer similar to last year”, when 85% of the usual TGV were in service.

On the other hand, the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, announced this Monday that although from the 19th the considered non-essential shops may open, as well as cultural organizations, bars and restaurants (although only the terraces), the aid from the so-called Solidarity Fund will remain in full during the month of May.

In another interview with the RTL station, Le Maire specified that the rules of these subsidies will be adapted at the beginning of June, and will be based on the loss of income of each business.

In any case, it will not be necessary to lose at least 50% of the turnover as has happened to benefit from that device.

The Economy Minister insisted that “this financial support will last as long as all the restrictive regulations have not been lifted.” Establishments such as discos, for which no reopening date has yet been scheduled, will continue to receive it in full.

Asked about the cost to the State of all aid devices, including also the partial unemployment (Ertes), Le Maire said that in 2020 they represented 168,000 million euros, which with what is added in 2021 will raise the public debt to 120 % of gross domestic product (GDP).

The minister justified the relevance of this expense because “that allows us to get started quickly.” Its objective this year is to reach an economic growth of 5%.

He also repeated that the public debt will be repaid, in the first place thanks to growth and that there will be no increase in taxes while he is in government.

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