Swine Flu: France Boots 'Disease- Ridden' British Kids

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2009 8:32 AM CDT
British students on a school trip were deported from France, where they say they were treated like 'dangerous criminals.'   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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(Newser) – More than two dozen British schoolchildren on a school holiday were booted out of France after some came down with swine flu—but not before they were quarantined by medics in anti-contamination suits and insulted by locals. "It was as if we were dangerous criminals," said one of the visitors, who said one person in the town in Normandy told them, "Go back to your disease-ridden country."

French authorities bundled them onto a bus bound for the Channel and forced them to keep the curtains closed, the Daily Mail reports, "because we were wearing masks and the French would have been shocked." France has so far had just 800 swine flu cases and no deaths, while Britain is the worst-hit country in Europe: around 10,000 people have come down with the virus, 31 fatally.