‘France is in a bad way’ Expat Andrew Neil slams ‘snail’s pace’ vaccine rollout and curfew

Andrew Neil criticises France’s vaccine rollout

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Andrew Neil has slammed President Emmanuel Macron for a “snails pace” vaccine rollout in France. The GB News founder has been stranded in France as the country battles a massive third wave of coronavirus and has shut all bars and non-essential retail. He branded the country as being “in a very bad way” and expressed his frustration at curfews. He added he was “homesick” as well. 

Andew Neil told ITV’s This Morning: “All bars, all pubs are still closed here”

“France is in a very bad way.

“The number of cases is still rising, the number of deaths is still rising.”

The veteran broadcaster added: “The vaccine rollout is taking place at a snails pace!”

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He continued in his frustration saying: “There is a curfew from seven o’clock in the evening until six in the morning.

“And a curfew from Friday night till Monday morning at weekends.”

He reiterated: “There are no pubs, or should I say wine bars, or anything like that.

“No bistros open that we can use here in France for the moment or indeed for the foreseeable future.”

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The gloomy comments come as France endures a third wave of coronavirus which has forced President Macron to plunge the country into lockdown.

Earlier it was revealed that back in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic the French President is believed to have “lost his temper” in an “irate” phone call with Boris Johnson as the two leaders clashed over COVID-19 restrictions.

Despite Mr Macron’s anger, his warning was “discarded” by the Prime Minister.

The Government eventually backed down however, closing hospitality venues before a full lockdown on March 23.


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Mr Johnson had another phone call with his French counterpart in late December, as the border closure had caused chaos in Dover.

With queues of trucks snaking in England and some supermarket shelves stripped just days before Christmas, the UK sought a deal with France.

A deal was reached with Paris to allow French and other EU residents to return home, providing they have a negative Covid test that is less than 72 hours old.

Recently Mr Macron said that the “problematic virus mutation” identified in southern England caused the UK “to take exceptional decisions on Saturday and accelerate the measure of closures and constraint”.

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