Thursday, 25 February, 2021

New arrival of returnees from China in Aix-en-Provence

A plane of French nationals evacuated from China because of the coronavirus epidemic – Hector RETAMAL / AFP

  • A second plane of European returnees, including several French, has taken off from China and is due to land this Sunday in Istres.
  • French nationals will be placed in quarantine in Carry-le-Rouet, where other returnees already live, but also in Aix-en-Provence.
  • Secretary of State Adrien Taquet visits the site.

A second plane of returnees from China is due to arrive Sunday afternoon at the military base in Istres, in the
Bouches-du-Rhône, near
Marseille. Part of the passengers of this plane will be received at Ensosp (National School for Fire Fighting Officers), a center offering more than 500 studios in the town of Aix-en-Provence, where they will be placed in confinement for 14 days. The others will be redirected to the Carry-le-Rouet holiday center, where 180 French nationals from the Wuhan region have already been quarantined, said the prefecture of Bouches-du-Rhône in a press release.

“We had confirmation Friday by the prefecture and the Ensosp that we were going to welcome these people,” said a spokeswoman for the town hall of Aix-en-Provence. The spokeswoman deplored Sunday “for not having answers to the concerns of the people of Aix”. The Ensosp site is located in a rural area, almost 10 kilometers from downtown Aix-en-Provence. In a press release, the prefecture specifies that Adrien Taquet, secretary of state to the Minister of Health, will go to Ensosp to meet the families and the mobilized personnel.

Several nationalities on the plane

Many police personnel were already deployed around the site on Sunday morning, awaiting the arrival of the returnees from China. Part of the returnees on Sunday will not land in Istres, but in Belgium, according to a diplomatic source in Brussels, according to which the aircraft will then take Belgian nationals and other nationalities to Melsbroek military airport.

According to the Belga agency, 9 Belgians, 11 Danes, 23 Dutch, five Czechs and two Slovaks will be landed in Melsbroek. Belga adds that the latter will then be taken in charge by the diplomatic authorities of their countries.



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