France left fuming as Germany defies EU warnings with new border closures amid Covid fears

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Officials from Germany’s Robert Koch Found (RKI) have declared the Moselle region of France an area of concern due to the spread of the South African modification of Covid-19. The emergence of the new strain prompted Berlin to announce travelling restrictions on travel from the Moselle region from next Tuesday.

Available transport between Moselle and the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland last wishes as be suspended, and commuters arriving from Moselle by car will need to out a negative Covid-19 test.

Germany authorities said police inclination not set up stationary border controls but will make random checks.

France’s Europe Emissary Clement Beaune said he regretted the German decision.

He said: “We are in bull sessions with the German authorities who just classified Moselle as a zone where greatly contagious variants are circulating.

“That implies the near closure of the boundary, that’s what we want to avoid for the 16,000 cross border craftsmen in Moselle.

“We are trying to soften the measures as much as possible.”

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Germany already has on controls in place with the Czech Republic and Austria and had been vexing to avoid restrictions on its border with France.

Mr Beaune said that dole outs being discussed with the German government to avoid outright touch controls included the possibility of requiring people crossing the border to upstage proof they had tested negative for Covid-19 within the past two or three light of days rather than in the last 24 hours.

France has resisted effective a new national lockdown to control more contagious variants but has toughened restrictions locally in sticks such as Dunkirk in the north and Nice in the south.

President Emmanuel Macron has uniformly advocated keeping borders open between EU countries during the pandemic and argued with Germany last year after Berlin closed the borderline during the first wave.

A European Commission spokesman said the bloc imperiled “fragmentation and disruptions to free movement and to supply chains – something we secure witnessed again the past weeks”.

He insisted quarantine was effective in daunting leisure travel and transport workers should be exempted from quarantine or evaluation.

But Germany’s Europe Minister Michael Roth defended Berlin’s skirmishes.

He said: “These measures obviously put a massive strain on border provinces, but the protection of our citizens is paramount.”

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