Rowdy scenes at blocked UK port

Crowds whistled and booed as they gathered by the white cliffs of Dover, and vehicle horns could be heard in the background.

France imposed the 48-hour ban on Sunday (December 20) following the discovery of a new, more infectious variant of COVID-19 that has become widespread in London and the southeast of England.

France will reopen its borders to passengers from England on Wednesday, allowing French and other EU residents to return home, providing they have a negative COVID test that is less than 72 hours old.