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France was ready to shut border had UK not toughened coronavirus measures
PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday that he would close the border if the U.K. did not take more restrictive measures to contain the coronavirus.

"We had prepared the closure of our border and told Prime Minister Johnson we would implement it that day if there was no evolution [of British measures]," a senior French official familiar with the conversation told POLITICO.

French paper Libération reported Saturday evening that Macron had "threatened" Johnson. The French official said that was "too strong a word" to describe the call.

Continental blockade barely averted.

by Bernard on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 08:57:15 PM EST
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Entente cordiale on full display.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 02:35:00 AM EST
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