Prime Minister Edouard Philippea said on Thursday that France was “too” for the resumption of Europe’s internal borders, and that a decision would be made collectively around June 15 regarding its external borders. Measures of particular interest to foreign communities established in France.
During the presentation of the second closing phase, Thursday 28 May, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that France was ‘favorable’ for the reopening of Europe’s internal borders from 15 June, ‘without two weeks’ for travelers. As for the external borders, “the decision will be taken collectively with all European countries by June 15,” the chief minister added.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner spoke of a possible reopening of the external borders “with a slight delay, perhaps 1your July “, followed by” a European list of countries with attention that would be subject to specific action at the borders of the European area “.
These announcements are closely followed by members of the diaspora living in France. If, from May 19, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa assured on Twitter that “the Portuguese diaspora in France” could return this summer without quarantine measures “, the question arises today for those countries that are outside European borders. foreign origin in France, the country also has a strong diaspora of North African origin which at this stage of deconfinance is excluded from the measures taken to reopen the borders.
The epidemic situation in each country is taken into account
“We have some travel agents in these countries,” said Jean-François Rial, CEO of Voyageurs du Monde, citing destinations such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, but also Lebanon. “The decision on them will depend on their epidemic situation.”
Question from France 24, Jean-François Rial believes in a complete reopening of the Schengen area on June 15, following a gradual reopening of certain countries outside the EU. “I think they will open in early July a number of countries that do not pose a health problem or have health situations very close to Europe where the epidemic is collapsing,” he said.
According to him, the situation of foreign nationals living in France, and vice versa, can in any case be subject to exceptions. “There are exceptions already,” recalls Jean-François Rial, referring to the case of diplomats and businessmen. Although the reopening of boundaries needs to be done gradually and spread over time, there will inevitably be some for “affinitaires” [dont la motivation principale est la visite à des proches, souvent la famille], for the Lebanese, the Moroccans, the Tunisians … Especially since the epidemic in these countries is under control, “he specifies.
In Lebanon, for example, only four new cases of Covid-19 contamination have been identified in 24 hours, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health published Friday and confirming a downward trend.
When asked about the gradual resumption of travel and the potential increase in prices, Jean-François Rial believes that everything is about supply and demand. “There will be few planes, but there may be too many in relation to demand, so I think prices will be lower in the beginning,” said Voyageurs du Mondes CEO.
But he sees this phenomenon only in the short term. “Prices may then rise as demand begins to grow faster than airlines’ capacity, which has to shift,” he continues. Jean-François Rial plans to raise prices in the medium and long term, which he says are justified by the introduction of ecological taxes, but also by the reduction in the total capacity of airlines affected by the health crisis, many have gone bankrupt or erased.
“I don’t think the uninterrupted fall in prices we’ve known for twenty years will continue,” he said. “In the short term, maybe, but in the medium and long term I don’t really believe it.”