This is the third time in the past two months that the European Parliament cancels its return to Strasbourg. (Photo: Shutterstock)
In light of rapidly growing numbers of coronavirus infections across Europe within the past weeks, the European Parliament has decided not to return to France just yet.
Only hours after French president Emmanuel Macron implemented curfews in Paris and eight other cities across the country, Parliament President David Sassoli took to Twitter on Thursday morning to announce that “next week’s plenary will not take place in Strasbourg, but will instead be held remotely”.
Much to the dismay of Macron and other French politicians, plans to return had already been cancelled twice, in September and early October, with sessions being moved to Brussels instead after Strasbourg and its surrounding areas had been dubbed red zones due to high numbers of covid-19 infections.
However, Sassoli made sure to emphasize that “Strasbourg remains the seat of the Parliament” and that they would do everything in their power to return in due course.