Relations are strained even more between France and Great Britain.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin canceled the visit of his British counterpart Priti Patel to the meeting scheduled for Sunday on the migrant file, in response to Boris Johnson's remarks asking France to take back the immigrants arriving on the other Channel side.

In a message to Priti Patel which AFP learned of on Friday, Gérald Darmanin believes that if the letter from the British Prime Minister to French President Emmanuel Macron is a “disappointment”, the fact of having made this letter public is “worse” Again.

Consequently, Gérald Darmanin cancels the visit of Priti Patel.


Thursday evening, Boris Johnson asked France to take back the migrants who would have arrived illegally in Great Britain to solve the migration problem, a few hours after an invitation from Paris to a meeting on Sunday on this subject in Calais.

The ministers responsible for Belgian, German, Dutch and British immigration, as well as the European Commission, were invited.

My letter to President Macron.

- Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 25, 2021

“We consider the British Prime Minister's public letter to be inadmissible and contrary to our discussions among counterparts.

Consequently, Priti Patel is no longer invited to the interministerial meeting on Sunday, which is maintained in the format: France / Belgium / Netherlands / Germany / European Commission ”, commented in the entourage of Gerald Darmanin.

This dispute comes less than two days after the sinking of a ship off Calais, which resulted in the deaths of 27 migrants.


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