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French government consider removing France's right to travel for Six Nations

A French rugby federation board member has called an independent investigation after France's sport minister threatened to revoke France's right to travel for Six Nations game unless the source for the squad outbreak could be found.

Tournament organisers had to postpone France's scheduled game against Scotland in Paris last weekend after 11 members of the French squad, and some staff, contracted coronavirus.

Their has been speculation that the outbreak began after some players left the team's bubble when they played Italy in Rome in mid-February.

Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu is demanding answers for the outbreak, saying: "We asked an investigation from the FFR and from Bernard Laporte, who himself came to see us before the tournament to present us the protocol and tell us that everything was going to go well, that the bubble was going to be strictly respected with controlled entries and exits.

"Now that we can see that this is not the case, I am waiting for him to come and explain to us what has happened."

Current laws mean that the French government has to approve people travelling to and from non-European countries.

Author: Jake Wilkin