France to close all schools in flu pandemic
FRANCE: France's Minister of Education is ready to close all of the
country's schools in the event of a major swine flu outbreak, a local
newspaper reported on Wednesday.
"In case of a complete pandemic we are ready to close all of the
schools in France," Luc Chatel was quoted as saying by Le Figaro, a
"No threshold has been fixed for the closing of a school. It will be
adapted on a case-by-case basis," said the minister.
Chatel added that the mass vaccination of children was not yet an
issue. French authorities have, over the summer, worked on distance
learning materials that can be broadcast on television, radio and the
Internet to help students forced to stay home keep up with their
classes, he added. France has recorded around one thousand swine flu
infections and one death, but authorities are concerned the resumption
of school will fuel a sharp acceleration in the spread of the virus.
Paris, Wednesday, AFP