French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the creation of a “real security police” for the external borders of the European Union’s Schengen border area.
Macron, speaking during a visit to the Spanish border, also announced that the number of police and troops at France’s borders with other Schengen states would be doubled from 2,400 to 4,800.
The move comes days after three people were killed in a knife attack at a church in Nice.
According to French and Italian officials, the main suspect is a Tunisian citizen who arrived in Italy by sea before traveling to France shortly before the attack.
Macron said that while it was too early to be sure of the details of the Nice attack, it was clear that “terrorist attacks can be carried out by people who use migratory flows to threaten the national territory (of France ) ”.
Macron said he would bring forward proposals on a Schengen border police and other measures to strengthen the area ahead of a European summit in December.
The interior ministers of the Schengen countries should be able to meet “much more efficiently and more regularly and decide on common rules for this area”, he declared.
Terrorist networks are increasingly globalized and this means that “Europe must step up its response,” Macron said.
Australian Associated Press