Germany demands, France follows! Backlash over decision to close ski lifts

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France is allowing ski resorts to open in December but lifts will remain shut. It comes as Germany is pushing for European Union countries to keep slopes closed until next year in a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Anti-EU movement Génération Frexit accused France of caving in to Germany’s demands in a post on Twitter.

The Génération Frexit account tweeted an article reporting that Germany is putting pressure on the EU to ban skiing holidays, along with an article about the announcement that ski lifts in France will be closed for Christmas.

It said: “On the left, what Germany demands in the morning.

“On the right, what France does at noon.”

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Wednesday that resorts can open in December but lifts will stay shut, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said it was “impossible to envisage” reopening ski slopes before January.

Mr Castex said: “For the winter resorts, we estimated that the epidemic situation and that of hospital patients for the regions concerned does not allow us to consider opening for the Christmas period.

“It would not be prudent to mix a large flow of population, but it will be possible to go to these resorts to enjoy the pure air of our beautiful mountains.

“The shops will be open there. Simply all ski lifts will be closed.

“Finally, even if it will be authorised for Christmas and New Year holidays, it will be imperative to limit the number of guests at these end-of-year celebrations.”

Alexandre Maulin, president at Domaine Skiable de France, claimed the French Government had promised a consultation on the issue.

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He told BFM Business: “On Monday, we were with the Prime Minister.

“We understood that the health situation took precedence over everything, that hospitals had to desaturate.

“We had allowed ourselves ten days to see the evolution of the situation.

“The next day we are told it’s over!”

He added: “We were ready to negotiate, but there was no negotiation.

“We will not give up, we want an explanation.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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