The French government is set to announce a ban on people travelling from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, a move that would allow only doctors, lawyers, academics and researchers.
A ban would be enforced by the end of March, but some French businesses have said they could reopen on March 5, according to a report by France 24.
The measures are a direct response to the deadly terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015.
France has the world’s highest rate of violent attacks per capita.
The move comes after the United Nations Security Council approved the deployment of an extra 1,000 troops to the French-speaking part of Mali, where some 1,500 have been killed in a four-year civil war between Mali’s Tuareg separatist groups and security forces.
The French move comes as the UN Security Council on Friday voted to condemn the country’s anti-terror law and said it would consider a draft resolution to sanction it for failing to provide full protection to civilians and prevent attacks.