The number of COVID-19 cases is rising fast | MDB files


French people who want to travel to Spain and Portugal should get vaccinated first, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday, clarifying a government call not to travel to the two countries issued the prior day.

"There is no tourism protectionism from France, there is a will to ensure health standards - tourism is fundamental for both our countries," Le Drian told a news conference in Madrid. "We all want to go on holidays but health protection is fundamental and that's why we must get vaccinated."

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Le Drian's junior minister Clement Beaune had told the French on Thursday to avoid travelling to the two Iberian countries where the number of COVID-19 cases is rising fast.
Those comments angered the Spanish tourism industry which has been counting on the summer season to recover from the pandemic's disastrous economic impact.