Germany's Robert Koch Institute said it would add the Moselle département in north-east France to the list of “variant of concern” areas that already includes countries such as the Czech Republic, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
France has reopened its borders with the Britain – which were closed at the weekend due to fears over the spread of infections by a new coronavirus strain identified in England – on condition that travellers carry proof of testing negative for the virus, but the huge backlog of trucks that have been piling up around the normally busy port of Dover is expected to take days to clear.
France is to reopen its borders with the UK, closed earlier this week over fears about the new variant of the coronavirus detected in England, but only to blocked truck drivers, French citizens and others resident in France, and on condition they present a negative result of a test for the virus, according to French media reports.
Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into incident when French customs officers turned up at Italian town to confront a migrant.
Police play cat and mouse with hundreds of migrants stuck in Italian border town of Ventimiglia who are desperate to get to northern Europe.
The Belgian ambassador to France was on Thursday summoned to explain why the two arrested police officers had crossed the border with 13 migrants in their vehicle.
Tighter French border security and insufficient staff numbers combined to cause massive queues of holidaymakers heading to continent via port of Dover.
Bernard Cazeneuve contradicted claims about impact of Brexit saying: 'We don't need statements that create buzz we need long-term action.'
French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his British counterpart Theresa May met in Calais on Thursday to announce new joint security measures to prevent thousands of migrants in the Channel port from reaching England. While the desperate situation in Calais has become the focus of headlines, the similar, less-reported plight of growing numbers of migrants blocked at France’s south-eastern border with Italy now threatens to erupt into a major crisis. Louise Fessard reports from the Italian border town of Ventimiglia.
Around 300 migrants had been camping out for days in Ventimigila on the frontier, sparking tension between the two countries.