France seeks new deal with United Kingdom over migrants

Elias Hubbard
January 16, 2018

Gérard Collomb, France's interior minister, who will accompany President Emmanuel Macron on an official trip to the port city this week, said in an interview published on Sunday that he would push for more "concrete measures" regarding the United Kingdom financial contribution to the Touquet accords between the two countries.

Separately, French Interior minister Gerard Collomb said Sunday in Le Parisien newspaper that France also wants Britain to take in more refugees, especially unaccompanied minors.

Under the 2003 Le Touquet accord, United Kingdom border controls are conducted on French soil but before his election, Mr Macron warned that France could no longer be Britain's "coast guard" and that he wanted to put the agreement "back on the table".

France claims it has strong-armed Britain into revising the Le Touquet accords governing border controls, creating a joint "operational task force" to handle asylum requests from migrants in Calais.

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the town Tuesday. Former prime minister David Cameron promised £17m from Britain to help fund the camp clearance. Charities put the present number at about 700 and say there are a further 300 or so further up the coast in Grande Synthe, near Dunkirk. He said authorities had opened five reception centres in the region.

France will attempt to help refugees "but can not take in economic migrants", Mr. Collomb added. "That's the size of a city like Rennes".

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