May 5, 2020 / 11:55 AM / a month ago

France's Macron says major foreign travel to be limited this summer

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a statement after an international videoconference on vaccination at the Elysee Palace in Paris during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said it was unlikely that French people would be able to undertake major foreign trips this summer and that even trips within Europe may have to be limited in order to reduce the risk of a resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic.

“It is too soon to say whether we can take holidays. What I can say is that we will limit major international travel, even during the summer holidays. We will stay among Europeans and, depending on how the epidemic evolves, we might have to reduce that a little more. We will know early June,” Macron told reporters during a visit to a school outside Paris.

France is set to end its lockdown on May 11, when people will be allowed to move up to 100 kms (60 miles) around their residence.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Jon Boyle

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