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French-Italian border reopens in southeast France

Christian Fernsby |
Police controls at the border in Menton (Alpes-Maritimes, ‎Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) caused queues and frustration for drivers crossing over from Italy into France, with each country imposing different regulations for travellers.

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The land border between France and Italy reopened June 3 in Menton.

But drivers were faced with long waits to cross the border into France, despite promises of easy travel from Bernard Gonzalez, the prefect of Alpes-Maritimes.

Earlier that morning, he said: “If you are French, you can come and go to Italy freely and without constraint.”

However, to enter France from Italy, travellers are asked for a permission slip stating the reason for travel, proof of address and proof of ID. By contrast, to enter Italy from the French side, travellers need only a mask.

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