PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron says he expects at least some tourists to return to Paris this summer if they have been vaccinated or have negative test evidence for the coronavirus as France moves to gradually lift infection control restrictions. a certificate to facilitate travel after these restrictions between different European countries with screening and vaccination, “Macron said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS News” Face the Nation. Macron spoke as the French government prepares to impose tough, new entry restrictions on travelers from four countries – Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Brazil – in the hope to ward off particularly contagious virus variants. The number of countries on the list could increase, the French foreign minister said on Saturday. day quarantines with police checks to ensure that people arriving in France comply with this requirement. Restricted to French nationals and their families, EU citizens and others with permanent domicile in France, France had previously suspended all flights from Brazil. The suspension will be lifted next Saturday, after 10 days, and the new restrictions will be “gradually” put in place by then, the government said. The flight suspension for Brazil will be lifted followed by “drastic measures” to enter France from the four countries, plus the French territory of Guyana, said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. The plan is still to control the virus, maximize vaccination and gradually lift restrictions. “France was among the hardest hit European countries and is now protecting itself against highly contagious variants, deciding in particular to target four countries at present.” Are the most dangerous in view of the number of variants that exist and of the evolution of the pandemic in these countries, “Le Drian said on Saturday on France 3 television channel. The list of countries subject to more severe border controls could be extended. Under the new restrictions, travelers must provide an address at which they plan to observe the 10-day detention period and police will visit and fine those who are In addition to mandatory quarantine, France is demanding more stringent testing for the coronavirus. Travelers must present proof of a negative PCR test carried out less than 36 hours instead of 72 hours before boarding, or of a negative antigen test less than 24 hours La Franc e has reported the deaths of 100.00 people in the COVID-19 pandemic. variant first identified in England has spread to continental Europe and is now responsible for around 80% of virus cases in France, while variants first seen in Brazil and South Africa represent less than 4% of French infections, Minister of Health Olivier Veran said last. week. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission. .