Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Monday that there would be "no questioning" of the Touquet agreements on the Franco-British border and wished for an agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom to stem the crossings of illegal migrants in the English Channel.

We need a "European Union (EU) and Great Britain agreement" because "it cannot be a simple agreement for the readmission of migrants on French territory", declared Gérald Darmanin, firmly rejecting the proposal of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson .

He was speaking at a press conference after the morning meeting of an Internal Security Defense Council, chaired by the Head of State Emmanuel Macron, and devoted to the fight against the crossings of the Channel by illegal immigrants.

No unilateral agreement

“What we want”, he insisted, “is a balanced agreement which offers real solutions including to the problems of France and Europe (…) We do not want a unilateral agreement ".

Gérald Darmanin announced that Prime Minister Jean Castex would write on Tuesday to his counterpart Boris Johnson to suggest that he work on the development of this agreement.

"It is an agreement which regulates the work between Great Britain and the border countries in an immigration framework not negotiated during the Brexit", underlined the minister.

Gérald Darmanin also rejected any “questioning” of the Touquet agreements (2004) which place the British border on the French side, as suggested by several opposition figures, recalling that this text only concerned immigration. legal.

Warning to the British

In addition, he warned the British against any attempt to release migrants who would arrive on their coasts to sea, which would be "an unacceptable red line".

"We will never accept the practice of push-backs at sea", he assured, because "the United Kingdom is not exempt from international law".

Stressing the need to fight against smugglers, the Minister announced the doubling of the staff of the Central Office dedicated to the fight against illegal immigration.

He has planned to go to “Slovenia” on Tuesday and to “Poland” on Friday as part of the preparation for the European Council of Interior Ministers on December 9, which will discuss the matter.


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