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France closing borders to non-EU countries after spread of COVID-19 variant: PM

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French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday said the country would close its borders to non-European Union countries for everything except essential travel, while stepping back from announcing a widely anticipated lockdown.

The measure will come into force from Sunday to try to limit the spread of new variant cases of coronavirus from abroad.

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Castex said he was not announcing a fresh national lockdown for now, adding that “the next few days will be decisive” in terms of any possible new restrictions.

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