In a letter sent last Thursday by Boris Johnson to Emmanuel Macron, which has since become the subject of much controversy, the Prime Minister asked that “urgent progress” be made towards the establishment of joint Franco-British patrols on French beaches to work to prevent migrants from crossing the Channel to Britain. But French officials have now formally refused the suggestion, triggering accusations that President Macron “will reject all offers of aid on the ground”, despite the need to end this crisis.
He said: “Mr. Macron is a curious man. He claims he wants to solve the problem of illegal Channel crossings and accepts millions of pounds (nearly £ 200million since 2015) to increase France’s border resources for this purpose, but rejects all offers of help on the land that could help stem the tide.
“Its ministers and local government officials describe the UK as a magnetic El Dorado for migrants and scoff at our weak internal controls which allow them to get lost among us but do nothing to confront them on their way north. France. “
In a letter consulted by AFP on Thursday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex told Mr Johnson: “We cannot accept (…) that British police or soldiers patrol our coasts.
But GB News’ Darren Grimes, writing on Twitter, told Mr Castex that if French officials really cared about sovereignty, “they wouldn’t allow vast flows of illegal migrants to use their nation as a launching pad. to Great Britain ”.
The letter from the French Prime Minister would not respond to one of Mr Johnson’s other suggestions, that a “bilateral readmission agreement” is created to allow the return of illegal migrants crossing the Channel.
But French officials have previously dismissed this as an attempt for the UK to have its cake and eat it by leaving the EU but embracing the agreements it created (in this case, the Dublin Agreement on relocation of asylum seekers).
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Thursday, a collaborator of Mr. Castex, quoted on France 24, questioned the idea that France allows the return of migrants arriving in Great Britain.
They said: “Sending migrants back to us is not an option and is not a serious or responsible way to tackle the problem.
In view of the reluctance of the French authorities to accept the British proposals on the resolution of the current migrant crisis, Mr. Mehmet added: “It is also good that France is an ally. With a friend like the French president, we really don’t need enemies.
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The group included seven women – one of whom was pregnant – and three children.
But rather than accept the letter in good faith, Mr Macron responded with fury that it had been posted on social media, insisting Mr Johnson was not acting ‘seriously’.
During the meeting, France argued that Britain must be “responsible” for solving the problem by making the country “less attractive to migrants”.
Mr Castex echoed this sentiment in his new letter, insisting that Britain must reform its migration system to provide more ‘legal avenues for immigration’ which he says will reduce the number. of people making the dangerous Channel crossing.