French travel restrictions ‘too vague’

French President Emmanuel Macron has signed an executive order to prevent all flights from the French mainland to destinations beyond the European Union for two months.

The directive was issued on Sunday at a ceremony attended by the heads of state of the EU’s 28 member states.

The EU states are the primary source of travel for more than 80 percent of Europeans.

Macron has said the move is aimed at ensuring the security of its citizens and its economies, but critics say it amounts to a veiled attack on freedom of movement.

On Friday, the European Parliament rejected a bill that would have allowed people to travel to other EU countries, saying the measure would “harm the rights of citizens living abroad.”