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France ‘blocks’ asylum seekers arriving in Lampedusa – ‘We don’t accept them’

That the France she is not available to host asylum seekers who arrived in the last days on the Italian island Lampedusasaid today, Monday (18/9) the French Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanen.

“No, France won’t, France wants to help Italy control its borders to stop people from coming”Darmanen said in an interview with Europe 1 radio ahead of his visit to Rome later today.

“It would be an error of judgment to believe this, because the Immigrants arriving in Europe, they must immediately be distributed throughout Europe and France, which is already doing its part,” he added, as reported by the Athens News Agency.

Earlier today, Darmanen had announced that he would visit Rome in the afternoon at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss European cooperation regarding migrants arriving in Lampedusa.

“What we want to say to our Italian friends, who I believe they completely agree, is that we must protect the EU’s external borders and, above all, process asylum requests immediately,” Darmanen said.

“When they are not entitled to asylum, people should be sent back to their country,” he added.

The French minister is to meet with his Italian counterpart Matteo Piandendozzi.

Source: News Beast

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