March 17, 2020 / 8:59 AM / 5 months ago

Rush to flee French cities by train could worsen coronavirus, minister says

PARIS (Reuters) - The circulation of the coronavirus in France could have been exacerbated by people crowding on to trains to flee cities following a government move to impose a lockdown to fight the virus, said France’s junior transport minister.

“It was pretty irresponsible, given the circulation of the virus,” junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari told LCI TV on Tuesday, adding that French train services would be cut in the coming weeks.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Myriam Rivet; Editing by Alex Richardson

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