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French presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy said France could be “swamped” by migrants and promised if he is elected to shut the country’s borders during a trip to Calais on Wednesday, reported Politico.
Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, said French borders would remain closed until the Schengen agreement, which guarantee the free circulation of people in participating European countries, is renegotiated.
Clearing the Calais migrant camp, nicknamed the Jungle, would not be enough, Sarkozy said. “If borders remain like colanders, in six months, I will return to Calais and it will be the same,” he said. With his proposed changes, “by the end of 2017, the problem of the jungle will be solved,” he claimed.
Read more at Poltico.eu.
The Telegraph reported related this topic:
“Nicolas Sarkozy has joined other conservative French politicians in demanding that border controls for thousands of migrants in Calais be shifted to Britain.
The former centre-Right president made the call in a speech in Le Touquet, the northern town where he signed agreements in 2003 allowing British officials to check passports in France and vice-versa, when he was interior minister.
The accords were part of a bilateral deal to close a former migrants’ centre at Sangatte, near Calais.
But Mr Sarkozy said France can no longer tolerate the presence of about 9,000 migrants living in the squalid “Jungle” camp in Calais while they attempt to smuggle themselves into Britain.
“I’m asking for the opening of a centre in England to process asylum requests for all those who are in Calais, so that the English do the work that concerns them,” Mr Sarkozy said.
“The ‘Jungle’ should not be in Calais. It is perfectly normal for us to control our borders,” he added.”
Read more at telegraph.co.uk.