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三级成人视频EU citizens have been told to put summer holiday plans on hold as France urged European countries to keep their borders closed until September.

The elderly and people with underlying medical conditions may have to remain in isolation until the end of the year, Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, warned.

“I’d advise everyone to wait before making holiday plans,” Ms von der Leyen said in an interview with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag published on Sunday. “At the moment, no one can make reliable forecasts for July and August.”

三级成人视频She said older people should brace for many more months of isolation until a vaccine is developed. “I know that it is difficult and that isolation is a burden, but this is a question of life and death. We have to remain disciplined and patient. We will need to learn to live with this virus for many months, probably until next year,” she said.

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has called for the external borders of the Schengen passport-free travel zone to stay closed until September, in a further indication that EU restrictions are set to remain in force for months.

France told the European Commission this weekend that it would maintain strict border controls until October 30 because of the pandemic and the ongoing threat of terrorism.

三级成人视频Mr Macron has told French employers and union leaders that foreign travel will remain limited to stem the pandemic. Elisabeth Borne, his transport minister, said: “It’s not the right time to buy a ticket to travel to the other side of the world with all the uncertainty about what the status of the epidemic will be in France and across the world.”

Mr Macron is expected to announce an extension of France’s strict lockdown for at least another month, possibly until the end of May, when he addresses the nation on television on Monday night. He may also keep schools closed until September.

Mr Macron favours maintaining restrictions on movements and travel, even if the number of deaths and infections fall, to prevent a “second wave” of the epidemic.

Ms von der Leyen said she was reluctant to set an EU-wide lockdown exit strategy because European countries faced different problems.

“I don't want to make a central decision, because the situation in Milan is very different from that in Münster, and also between urban and rural areas,” she said. 

Germany’s lower death rate has triggered hostility towards thousands of French workers who commute across the border.

Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, condemned insults and abuse directed at French people in Germany, who they claim are spreading the virus. ”It hurts to see how our French friends are sometimes insulted and attached because of Covid-19,” he tweeted.

三级成人视频Anke Rehlinger, the economy minister of Saarland state, which borders France, apologised to “our French friends” for what she called “isolated incidents”.

She said: “Our hearts bleed for the closed borders to France and Luxembourg. We have heard that French people have been insulted and had eggs thrown at them. People doing such things are sinning against the friendship between our nations.”

Michael Clivot, the mayor of the German border town of Gersheim, said French people had reported being spat at in supermarket queues or in the street. Mr Clivot said Germany’s decision last month to close the border except for goods transport and cross-border commuters had been mistaken. “What we needed was joint action with France.”

The coronavirus has exposed the EU’s lack of unity. The bloc has been accused of stumbling through the coronavirus crisis as it did when faced with earlier migration and financial crises.

Italy is furious at Germany and France for refusing to export personal protective equipment. Both Italy and Spain are angry at their wealthier northern neighbours for failing to come to their aid at the start of the outbreak.

三级成人视频Mr Maas acknowledged that the EU needed to improve joint procurement and the production of medical equipment.

Some European nations are starting tentative moves to ease lockdown restrictions. Denmark is to reopen primary and nursery schools on Wednesday.

三级成人视频Ms von der Leyen said the major factor in determining when restrictions could be lifted for the most vulnerable people was not when the coronavirus appeared to be under control, but whether or not a vaccine was widely available.

三级成人视频“Without a vaccine, we must limit contact with the elderly as much as possible,” she said, adding that two European research teams were planning to start clinical trials soon.

“Children and younger people will enjoy more freedom of movement earlier than elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions.”