France to impose border checks to stop its citizens from skiing in Switzerland

France to impose border checks to stop its citizens from skiing in Switzerland

France has decided to impose random border checks to stop holidaymakers from skiing in Switzerland, a neighbouring country. The French Prime Minister Jean Castex made the announcement on Wednesday. France, just like Germany and Italy, is closing its Christmas ski destinations to put cap on the Coronavirus spread in the country.

However, in Switzerland the holiday season has already begun and the country is entertaining skiers at Christmas and the New Years. For Switzerland, this is a crucial time to boost their economy.

The French PM said it was his duty to protect his countrymen from the virus. He further asserted, “The conclusion you need to make is that ‘I’m not going to Switzerland.” If a person is found breaking the rule, he/she will have to face mandatory quarantine on their return.

Given the COVID-19 second and third waves, several European Union leaders are trying to coordinate plans ahead of the Christmas holidays. But Switzerland, which is not EU’s member, along with Austria and Spain, is not keen on closing its ski slopes completely.

The French PM told the media, “I’m doing my utmost to appeal to every colleague. The Italian prime minister, the German chancellor and France are working together. The Spaniards and Swiss aren’t going along with us, but diplomatic action is under way.”

He said that his only intention is to protect French resorts and his citizens and that’s the only reason for border checks.

On Wednesday, Austrian government announced that they would allow skiing from December 24, 2020, but the hotels in Australia will remain shut till January 7, 2021. On the other hand, Germany, Italy and Spain have already agreed with France to put a stop to skiing this holiday season.

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