Currently, approximately 160,000 Briton are in France, and the two-week quarantine requirement will come into effect at 4am on Saturday.
The Transport Secretary told BBC Breakfast: “Given what’s already happened in places like Spain and the vast amount of coverage about concerns in France and elsewhere, no-one will be entirely surprised.
“I do sympathise with people – I’ve been there myself and ended up having to quarantine as a result.”
French transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said he had spoken to Mr Shapps about the decision.
Source Daily Express :: Travel Feed