France is drawing lessons from de-escalation too fast and “unwise” on Spain to try to avoid having to apply restrictions tougher, and that is why entry controls have been strengthened, which will be systematic on flights and selective at land borders.
This is the message from the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clement Beaune, which in an interview this Monday to the BFMTV channel spoke of “the countries that have reopened too quickly, perhaps recklessly, with uncontrolled nightclubs. We have seen it in Spain“.
In a speech critical but at the same time in a diplomatic tone, Beaune said that “it is not about stigmatizing. It is about drawing lessons “so that de-escalation” is not done too quickly without precautions, neither here nor elsewhere. “
Asked about the lack of controls on the health certificate that has been verified on flights from Spain, he stated that companies and airports have been asked to carry out these controls systematically, and that they will verify that this is fulfilled.
Regarding the border crossings by road, the secretary from Condition acknowledged that “there will be systematic controls on all people who enter by car but there will be selective controls.”
“Party in Catalonia”
He justified the surveillance because “one of the problems we have had, that is why I have talked about Spain and Catalonia in particular, is that there are many young French people who have partied in Catalonia (…) when in Spain there was not a very strict sanitary protocol “.
“In fact,” he added, “it has been reinforced in Spain and Portugal, and they have had to take curfew measures to deal with a situation that has developed too quickly.”
The department of the Eastern Pyrenees, bordering the Catalan coast, is the one with the highest incidence rate in France by far, with more than 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, so that the alert level is multiplied by more than six .
In that department, the mandatory nature of the mask abroad has been restored and Beaune said that “the possibility of a curfew being imposed again, as is already applied in much of Catalonia, is not excluded”.
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