March 15, 2020 / 3:31 PM / 19 days ago

No border closure between France and Germany, French presidency says

PARIS (Reuters) - Steps taken on the Franco-German frontier as a result of the coronavirus outbreak are not border closures, but a strengthening of controls, France’s presidency said on Sunday.

Without citing a source, Bild reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her interior minister had agreed closures with the state premiers involved and that they would take place from 8 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) on Monday.

“This is not a border closure. These are steps to reinforce controls,” a French presidency official said, without giving further details.

The official said French President Emmanuel Macron and Merkel had been in talks over the weekend and had coordinated their efforts.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Alexander Smith

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