France is reacting angrily to Britain’s latest proposal to deal with the deadly flow of migrants between their coasts
26 November 2021 at 08.52
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CALAIS, France – France reacted angrily on Friday to Britain’s latest proposal to deal with the deadly flow of migrants between their coasts. The French government said a British minister was no longer welcome at a European meeting to discuss the issue and presented the British Prime Minister as bilateral.
The angry response, delivered by Government spokesman Gabriel Attal, came after Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked France take back all migrants who pass illegally from its shores to Britain. Johnson proposed the agreement in a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron.
Attal dismissed the idea as “obviously not what we need to solve this problem.”
He said the letter “does not agree at all” with discussions that Johnson and Macron had on Wednesday after 27 migrants died while trying to cross the English Channel.
“We’re tired of talking twice,” Attal said.
Attal said France was withdrawing an invitation to British Home Secretary Priti Patel to attend a ministerial meeting on Sunday in Calais, one of the French coastal cities where migrants to Britain gather before trying to cross over.