Government strategy for assistance to French citizens abroad - Answer of Jean-Yves Le Drian to a question to the government at the National Assembly - Paris, May 5, 2020

"Mr. Deputy, first of all, thank you for commending the work of my department’s teams both at the crisis centre and in the posts. This work has made it possible to promote the return of 182,000 of our nationals, who were abroad, sometimes in extreme conditions, whether in the Andes or in the Philippines, to return to two subjects that were of particular concern to me.

I would also like to tell you that, with regard to our compatriots living abroad, we have recommended, as have all European countries, that they remain in the country where they have taken up residence. But, of course, this only makes sense if we can provide them with the necessary support; health support, social support, educational support. And that is why, under the authority of the Prime Minister, we have proposed, with Gérald Darmanin and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, a plan that makes it possible to provide both support and a specific medical system, which is already being deployed, either by means of remote monitoring, teleconsultations, medicines, potential medical evacuations, a coherent whole; or by social support for the French families most affected, both through a system of school grants and a system of direct social aid which will cover approximately one hundred million euros; and finally, by support for the AEFE, which will help all establishments, whether directly managed by an agreement or by partners, and which will help all families, French and foreign, through additional funding of one hundred million euros, thanks to an advance from France Trésor. So we have set up a coherent system.

Concerning the fourteen measures, I would like to repeat, but you already know, that the bill to extend the state of emergency, currently being debated in Parliament, makes it legally possible - makes it legally possible - to adopt them for any person entering France, if the need arises for health reasons, with regard to this or that country. However, within the European area, at this stage, given the current development of the pandemic, these measures of fourteen do not have to be applied at this stage".

Last updated on: 7 May 2020