France to keep borders closed until at least June 15, interior minister says

FILE PHOTO: French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner attends a news conference after the cabinet meeting, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France May 2, 2020. Francois Mori/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that following the lifting of the coronavirus lockdown in France on May 11, the country’s borders would remain closed until further notice.

“Since the start of the crisis the closure of the borders is the rule, and the authorization to cross a border is the exception. We have to keep this protection in place, this will not change soon,” Castaner told a televised news conference.

He said that the restrictions would remain in place until at least June 15.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq, Benoit Van Overstraeten, Michel Rose and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Jon Boyle