What the papers say – December 23

Lorry chaos at the French border dominates the nation’s front pages on Wednesday.

What the papers say – December 23

The papers are awash with reaction to France reopening its border to hauliers.

The Times and Financial Times report lorry drivers who test negative to Covid-19 will be able to cross the Channel.

The Daily Mirror, i and Daily Star lead with “chaos” at the border as thousands of lorries remain backed up.

Metro says the stranded truckers were given some Christmas cheer by the Salvation Army as they faced their third night in their lorries.

The Sun digs into “Covidiot” French president Emmanuel Macron over the situation at the border, while the Daily Express says Mr Macron is “no friend to Britain”.

Elsewhere, The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail report Tier 4 is due to be widened on Boxing Day, with a “swathe” of areas experiencing surging Covid rates expected to be moved to the toughest restrictions.

The Guardian says GPs have raised concerns of a delay in the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, with “more than half” of hospital trusts yet to receive supplies.

The number of coronavirus patients in hospital is expected to exceed the first wave peak “within days”, according to The Independent.

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