FRANCEAir France announced Wednesday morning it has suspended all flights to Sierra Leone after a recommendation by the French government council of ministers.  The move follows an Air France announcement Aug. 19 that some employees had refused to board flights to West African countries where the Ebola outbreak is raging, including Sierra Leone. The employees were responding to a call by the airline’s union, Syndicat National Du Groupe, for “an immediate end” to all Air France flight service to countries affected by the outbreak. Some African-based airlines, including Kenya Airways, already have suspended flights to Monrovia, Liberia; Conakry, Guinea; and Freetown, Sierra Leone. However, the physician coordinating the United Nations response to the outbreak, Dr. David Nabarro, contends suspending flights to West Africa has hindered international efforts to combat the virus. “The understandable decisions made by certain airlines to cease flights serving Freetown, Monrovia and Conakry has had an enormous impact on the capacity of the United Nations to transport health workers and equipment,” Nabarro said Wednesday, the Paris paper Le Monde reported. MORE