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A woman wearing a facemask walks along the Jardin du Palais Royal on May 2 in Paris.
A woman wearing a facemask walks along the Jardin du Palais Royal on May 2 in Paris. Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

The French government will extend a state of emergency over coronavirus for around two months in a set of measures to be proposed to Parliament on Tuesday, Health Minister Olivier Véran said in a press conference today.

Following a cabinet meeting over the coronavirus crisis, Veran was joined by Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to propose a new legislation on Tuesday that will see the health emergency move forward through to July 24.

Véran said that lifting the emergency earlier would “waste” the “considerable efforts made by the French people.”

“If we were to decrease overnight on May 11, the efforts we made… we can bet that all these efforts, made admirably by the French people would have been in vain,” Véran said.

Other proposed measures include limiting travel and introducing a quarantining process for people entering France from “abroad, Corsica and other overseas territory.”

“The government’s objective is not to prevent the French people from traveling –– the government’s objective is to prevent the virus from traveling,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

Castaner added there would be no border restrictions between French districts in the proposed measures.

CNN


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