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France’s Macron wants to boost cooperation with UK on migrant issue

19:54, 19 November 2021
France’s Macron wants to boost cooperation with UK on migrant issue Photo: Sepp Spiegl/Ropi/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

He believes that the two countries must reinforce joint action even though London “hesitates between partnership and provocation”.

President of France Emmanuel Macron has given an interview to the French newspaper La Voix du Nord in which he said that he intended to boost cooperation with the UK on the knotty question of migrants. Besides, the head of state held a meeting with the mayor of Calais to whom he unveiled plans on the northern city’s future.

In the article issued on Thursday evening, the President highlighted that the migrant situation was deplorable for the citizens of Calais above all. Macron has promised that he will take necessary measures when France takes the EU presidency in the first half of 2022 and revealed other steps to take in the international arena.

“We have the British party which hesitates between partnership and provocation. We must further reinforce our collaboration. If those willing to arrive in Great Britain have families there – it must be made within the framework of family reunification programs. If they are victims of trafficking – we must destroy this system,” Macron said.

During a meeting with Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart, the President assured that he will help the city “reconquer its future” revealing that his ministers will present new decisions in the weeks to come.

According to the French naval prefecture, some 15,400 migrants tried to cross the Straits of Dover in dangerous conditions in the period of January 1 – August 31. Around 3,500 of them had to be saved in complex operations and taken back to France.

Relations between France and the UK have recently worsened over fishing disagreements after Britain has delayed fishing licenses to French sailors.