France has warned it may start turning travellers from Britain away unless the UK adopts a similar near-total lockdown to those in place in other European countries. With EU governments including Italy, Spain and France requiring citizens to stay at home to contain the coronavirus, and Italy threatening to tighten restrictions even further, the French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, said if the UK did not follow suit soon, arrivals from Britain could be refused entry. “Everyone in the EU must adopt logical methods and processes to fight against the epidemic,” Philippe said. “It’s obvious that if neighbouring states like the UK leave it too long, we would have difficulty allowing British citizens who are moving freely around their country to come to France.” France, which has reported 9,134 confirmed cases and 264 deaths, on Monday closed all non-essential shops and ordered people not go out unless to do essential shopping, travel to a job that cannot be done from home, visit the doctor or take brief exercise. The interior minister, Christophe Castaner, described people who ignored the rules, which police are enforcing with fines of €135, as “imbeciles”. While schools will close from Friday, Britain has yet to bring in… Read full this story
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