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The European Parliament’s plenary session, initially scheduled to happen subsequent week in Strasbourg has been cancelled and might be held remotely, because the well being danger is more and more excessive, EP President David Sassoli introduced on Thursday morning. 
“I regret to announce that next week’s plenary will not take place in Strasbourg, but will be held remotely,” Sassoli wrote in a Twitter publish. Justifying the choice, he cited that “the situation in France and Belgium is very serious and travelling is not advised.” 
Sassoli’s publish left unclear whether or not the plenary will happen in Brussels as a substitute, because it occurred in September, or it is going to be held on-line. The relocation of the Strasbourg plenary has already prompted an outcry by France, which has been advocating for the plenary to return to its base, in Strasbourg.  I remorse to announce that subsequent week’s plenary is not going to happen in Strasbourg, however might be held remotely.
The scenario in France and Belgium may be very critical and travelling will not be suggested.
Strasbourg stays the home of @Europarl_EN and we’ll do every thing we will to return.
— David Sassoli (@EP_President) October 15, 2020 In September, French EU Affairs Minister, Clement Beaune together with Strasbourg’s Mayor, Jeanne Barseghian known as for a “rapid return” of the EU Parliament’s plenary periods in Strasbourg, “in accordance with the [EU] Treaties.”
“Strasbourg, European capital,” Beaune had tweeted. 
The French EU Affairs Minister on Thursday reiterated his place, tweeting that “The health situation is serious, everywhere in Europe. But Strasbourg is able to host sessions of [EU] Parliament.” 
“The President of the European Parliament recalls his attachment to its headquarters: France will not relax its fight for a rapid return to the sessions in Strasbourg,” Beaune’s publish additional reads. La scenario sanitaire est grave, partout en Europe. Mais Strasbourg est en mesure d’accueillir les periods du Parlement 🇪🇺. Le Président du @Europarl_FR rappelle son attachement à son siège : la France ne relâchera pas son fight pour un retour rapide des periods à #Strasbourg
— Clement Beaune (@CBeaune) October 15, 2020 France declares state of emergency, imposes native curfewsSassoli’s announcement got here a day after French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed the declaration of a public well being state of emergency, additionally saying native curfews in Paris and eight different cities, because the nation is fighting an enormous surge in COVID-19 instances. 
The new measures, that embody a curfew between 9pm and 6am in Paris, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse will come into impact on midnight Saturday and might be in place for 4 weeks, with the potential for a two-week extension, if the parliament green-lights the move.
While citing that the nation had not “lost control” of the virus, Macron mentioned the scenario is “worrying” because the nation is present process its second Coronavirus wave.

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