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What transport services are running from France to the UK?

Travel from the UK into France is banned, but going the other way is still possible - but are any services still running? Here's a roundup.

What transport services are running from France to the UK?
Quarantine still applies to people entering the UK from France. Photo: AFP

France on Sunday announced that it was suspending all travel from the UK for an initial period of 48 hours – with the ban covering both passengers and accompanied freight and arrivals by air, rail, road or sea.

READ ALSO France's UK travel ban – who is affected and what happens next?

Travel from France to the UK is still allowed.  

But anticipating mass cancellations of people unable to get back, transport operators have already begun cutting services that are running from France to the UK.

Here's a look at what is still running:

Channel Tunnel

The Tunnel's Folkstone terminal is completely closed to both passengers and freight.

However departures are running hourly from Calais on Monday and Tuesday. Prices are high though – from €165 to €265 for a one-way trip.

READ ALSO Travel chaos in Europe – which countries have imposed bans on arrivals from the UK?

Eurostar

The Eurostar's three destination countries – France, Belgium and the Netherlands – have all banned arrivals from the UK so there are no trains running out of the UK towards Europe.

Going the other way there are no services from Amsterdam, Brussels or Lille, but trains will be running from Paris to London.

There will be four trains per day and prices start at €200 for a one-way trip.

Ferries

On Monday morning, ferries were still allowed transport unaccompanied freight to France, but accompanied freight – ie lorry cargo – was banned.

Passenger services from France to the UK were on Monday morning still listed as running as normal on DFDS, P&O and Brittany Ferries websites, although services may be reduced over the next two days.

Later in the afternoon, P&O announced that they had suspended their services for 48 hours, as the Dover Port was closed to all traffic leaving the UK.

 

Flights 

Airlines are still permitted to fly from France to the UK but the combination of a collapse in demand and the logistical problems of not being able to do return flights has lead to many airlines cancelling their services over the next two days.

Easyjet is not accepting any bookings from France to the UK for Monday or Tuesday and many passengers who were due to fly today or tomorrow have already been notified that their flights are cancelled.

Ryanair says it will be running some flights between December 20th and 24th on routes that are permitted, and any customers whose flight is cancelled with be notified. No flights were listed as available from France to the UK for December 21st or 22nd.

Air France was listing a limited number of flights available from Paris to London with prices starting at €220. The airline says tickets are 100 percent reimbursable.

British Airways describes itself as operating a 'reduced and dynamic' schedule and advises customers with pre-booked flights to check the status of their bookings online. It was on Monday morning accepting bookings on a single daily flight from Paris to London.

Travel restrictions

If you are going to the UK you need to fill in a contact locator form before arriving at the border – find the form here – and quarantine on arrival.

London, parts of south east England and Wales have all tightened up their health restrictions in recent days and in Scotland tougher restrictions start on December 26th. Find more details on the rules here.

This article is based on the latest information provided by transport operators – anyone who has a trip booked is advised to check directly with their operator.

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French lawmakers push for abortion rights to be enshrined in constitution

After the seismic decision of the US Supreme Court on Friday, French MPs are calling for the right to abortion in France to be protected by the constitution.

French lawmakers push for abortion rights to be enshrined in constitution

Lawmakers from French President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party are to propose a parliamentary bill on Saturday that would enshrine the right to abortion in the constitution. 

The move comes after the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 “Roe v. Wade” decision on Friday.

“In France we guarantee and advance the rights of women. We protect them,” said Aurore Bergé – the head of Renaissance in the Assemblée nationale and one of the key sponsors of the bill. 

Another co-sponsor, Marie-Pierre Rixain tweeted: “What happens in elsewhere cannot happen in France. We must protect the right to abortion for future generations. 

In 2018 and 2019, Emmanuel Macron’s party – which back then was known as La République en Marche – refused to back bills proposed by left-wing party, La France Insoumise, to enshrine abortion rights into the constitution. 

In a Saturday interview with France Inter, Bergé suggested that the success of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National during parliamentary elections earlier this month had created a sense of newfound urgency. 

She described the far-right MPs as “fierce opponents of women’s access to abortion” and said it was important “to take no risk” in securing it. 

READ MORE France’s Macron condemns US abortion ruling

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has come out in support of the bill. 

The left-wing opposition block, NUPES, also backs it and had planned to propose an identical piece legislation of its own on Monday. 

Macron is seeking parliamentary allies to pass reforms after his formation lost its majority in legislative elections earlier this month.

The legal timeframe to terminate a pregnancy in France was extended from 12 to 14 weeks in the last legislature.

Changing the constitution requires the National Assembly and Senate to adopt the same text, then a three-fifths majority of parliament sitting in congress. The other option is a referendum.

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