"This virus doesn't like love. We do," the minister in charge of tourism at the French foreign ministry, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, told Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.
Frenchman Fabien Lefebvre, who has not seen his Iranian partner since February, welcomed the measures.
"But time is ticking, and the level of tension and despair is already very high," Lefebvre told AFP.
"Many are at their wits' end. For some, their employers won't let them leave again after the summer holidays, so they won't be reunited before Christmas."
(Writer: Daphne Rousseau)
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