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‘Be serious’: Macron denounces Johnson’s way to solve migrant issue

14:20, 26 November 2021
‘Be serious’: Macron denounces Johnson’s way to solve migrant issue Photo: Norbert Scanella/imago-images.de/Global Look Press

During a press conference, the French President slammed the UK Prime Minister for his unserious methods to deal with the problem.


President of France Emmanuel Macron has criticized British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for holding communication on the migrant issue via Twitter and public letters. Macron’s speech comes days after 31 migrants including seven women and three children died in the waters of the English Channel trying to reach the UK on a boat.

During a press conference held on Friday, the President assured that he was determined to keep cooperating on the issue with his British partners but only if they do it in a serious manner.

“If this issue was simple, it would be solved in another way. But it’s not the case. The only response to it is serious cooperation to disrupt the practice of human trafficking and prevent those men and women from arriving on the other side because it comes too late.”

France’s head of state has slammed Johnson’s letter sent to him and the EU Commission in which the Prime Minister suggested that France should accept illegal migrants back. The letter which was published on Johnson’s Twitter account was called a “deception” by French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

“I am surprised with Johnson’s methods since they are not serious. We, the states’ leaders, don’t communicate on such issues via Twitter and public letters, we are not whistleblowers.”

Macron has also unveiled a meeting to be held with the EU representatives on Sunday morning highlighting that after the conference France will see how it will act along with Britain “if they decide to be serious”.

Tensions between France and the UK have considerably risen after this Wednesday’s shipwreck in the English Channel, the deadliest since 2018.