The head of state strongly criticized the choice of the United Kingdom to publish a public letter on social networks to ask France to take back the migrants turned back at the border.
“Not serious”. Asked about Boris Johnson’s letter posted on Twitter, asking France to take back migrants arriving in Britain, Emmanuel Macron strongly criticized the British method.
“I am surprised at the methods when they are not serious,” said Emmanuel Macron.
Continuing his remarks, the Head of State invited the British Prime Minister to favor traditional diplomatic channels over social networks, believing that “we do not communicate from one leader to another on these questions by tweets and letters that are made public “.
“We are not whistleblowers. Come on, come on,” he insisted at a press conference in Rome after the signing of a treaty with Italy.
“If they decide to be serious …”
This Friday, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin withdrew the invitation launched to his British counterpart Priti Patel to the meeting scheduled for Sunday on the migrant file.
“We consider the public letter of the British Prime Minister as inadmissible and contrary to our discussions between counterparts. Consequently, Priti Patel is no longer invited to the interministerial meeting on Sunday which is maintained in the format: France / Belgium / Netherlands / Germany / European Commission “, one commented in the entourage of Gérald Darmanin.
Emmanuel Macron indicated that the dialogue with the United Kingdom on the migration issue could resume “if they decide to be serious”.