Paris: For the first time, France has detected its first cases of contamination with the B.1.617 variant of the novel coronavirus, currently present in India, the country’s Health Ministry said in an official statement late on Thursday. “A first case, involving a woman who travelled to India and is living in southwestern France, was confirmed on Thursday,” the French ministry said.Also Read - Day Ahead of PM Narendra Modi's Visit, France Withdraws From Strategic Submarine Project

It also added further that 2 other people who travelled to India were infected with the so-called Indian variant in southeastern France. Also Read - Viral Video: French Dancers Showcase Their Perfect Dance Moves on Lazy Lad, Impress Desis | Watch

This news has also been confirmed by another regional health agency director on Thursday. “We have identified that it was the Indian variant from someone who had returned from India,” Benoit Elleboode, director of an agency in the southwestern department of Nouvelle-Aquitaine told BFMTV and CNews televisions two days after Health Minister Olivier Veron said that “no case of the variant of Indian origin” had been detected in mainland France. Also Read - Police Teargas Protestors In Paris After Emmanuel Macron Wins French Polls