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France threatened Britain entry ban over ‘loose’ restrictions

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron threatened to close France’s border with Britain unless Prime Minister Boris Johnson took more stringent measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, a French newspaper is reporting.

On Friday evening, Johnson ordered pubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms to shut their doors to slow the accelerating spread of the disease, days after other European countries put their citizens on lockdown.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meet last year.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meet last year.Credit:AP

French newspaper Liberation, citing sources in Macron’s office, said Johnson’s decision came after the French leader gave him an ultimatum on Friday morning, threatening an entry ban on any traveller from the UK if there were no new measures.

“We had to clearly threaten him to make him finally budge,” the report quoted an Elysee official as saying.

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