A meeting scheduled for Sunday in Calais on migrants "maintained", but without the British

The British Prime Minister published a letter on Twitter on Thursday to Emmanuel Macron in which he proposed “a bilateral readmission agreement to allow the return of all illegal migrants crossing the Channel”.

The meeting this Sunday in Calais devoted to the migrant crisis is “maintained”, but “without the British”, the Interior Ministry told AFP on Friday.

“The problem goes beyond our borders. This is why we are going to work on common solutions from Sunday with our European partners”, we added in the entourage of the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin, who canceled the Britain’s invitation to this meeting, organized following the sinking of a migrant boat that killed 27 people on Wednesday in the English Channel.

“The British government chooses to do domestic policy at a time when our only priority should be to avoid further tragedies in the Channel. We regret it”, continued in the entourage of the minister.

No legal route to UK

The Home Office argues that “the British obsession with sending migrants back to France should not make us lose sight of the fact that it is because they have practically no legal way to get to the Kingdom any longer. – united that these men and women attempt this dangerous crossing “.

On Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on France to take back illegal immigrants who managed to reach the shores of Great Britain, angering Paris.

“The UK must engage in good faith in working on the root causes of this phenomenon. It cannot have both an economic model based on a large immigrant workforce and slam the door on those who do. ask him for asylum. We must be coherent, “we added in the entourage of the French Minister of the Interior, insisting that France remains” convinced that the only decent thing to face such tragedies is to seek real solutions “.

“Our only enemy, it was stressed, are the smugglers. It is against these criminal groups that we must concentrate our energies.”

“An indigent letter”

For his part, government spokesman Gabriel Attal strongly rejected the letter from the British Prime Minister, lashing our antenna with a letter “indigent in substance and totally out of place”.

“Basically indigent because it does not respect all the work that is done by our coast guards, our police officers, our gendarmes, our rescuers at sea (…) Basically, it is proposing this ‘relocation’ agreement, this is obviously not what we need to solve this problem. (…) There are enough of double talk and the outsourcing of problems, “replied Gabriel Attal.

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