July 29, 2020 / 6:42 AM / 16 days ago

European border closures must be avoided if possible - French minister

French President Emmanuel Macron's European Affairs advisor Clement Beaune leaves the Elysee palace in Paris, France, August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Files

PARIS (Reuters) - The closure of borders between European countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic must be avoided as much as possible, French Junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune told France Inter radio on Wednesday.

Beaune said that while political responses to the COVID-19 crisis were always prone to change, responses such as European border closures “were to be avoided”.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Gareth Jones

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