Controls at the French-German border extended but made softer, Castaner says

Published by Charlene S. · Published on 13 May 2020 at 17h24 · Updated on 14 May 2020 at 12h54
Following the coronavirus epidemic that keeps on spreading across the world and Europe, Christophe Castaner announced controls at the French-German border will go on until June 15th but made softer.

Containment exit has started in France… but gradually! By the way, according to Secretary of the Interior Christophe Castaner, this is a gradual confinement lifting rather that deconfinement. With this in mind, countries remain cautious as for reopening borders. Europe being the continent the virus has been very severe; authorities want to be highly precautious to contain the coronavirus epidemic.

Yet, many requests to reopen borders have been heard lately, especially as for border countries, such as the French-German border. As a matter of fact, as there are fewer contaminations in France and in Germany and since containment exit has started in both countries, it lets people believe reopening the border is the next step. Yet, we are not safe from a second epidemic wave. This is why Secretary of the Interior Christophe Castaner announced on Twitter that France and Germany have decided to extend controls at the border at least until June 15th.

Tweet reads: “[Germany and France] are moving together to control at the borders: following my meeting with Horst Seehofer yesterday, we keep COVID19 traffic restrictions together until June 15, with relaxing to make border dwellers’ lives easier

The goal: keeping on limiting trips to contain the coronavirus epidemic. In his statement, Castaner announced that relaxing was planned for border dwellers, yet without giving further details. Germany set up controls mid-March. In this context, only border workers or food freight were allowed to cross the border. As for the other borders, the question remains. Spain could, for instance, keep its borders closed until October 2020.


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