• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Franco-British summit
Hollande warns of Brexit 'consequences' for Calais border
How much would you like sir? Photo: AFP

Hollande warns of Brexit 'consequences' for Calais border

AFP · 3 Mar 2016, 16:26

Published: 03 Mar 2016 16:26 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Mar 2016 16:26 GMT+01:00

Britain will contribute around €22 million in extra funding to boost security at the French port of Calais according to a deal signed between the two countries on Thursday.

The sum will go towards improving "priority security infrastructure around Calais to support the work of the French forces of law and order," according to the deal.

Aid groups in Calais, where thousands of migrants are camped out hoping to reach the UK, have frequently criticised the UK for only investing in security and not offering more humanitarian aid.

But part of the €22 million will also be spent on new reception centres for migrants and expelling those "economic migrants who not in need of protection."

Britain has already contributed more than €60 million to boosting security in Calais, especially around the port and the entrance to the Channel Tunnel.

Thursday's 34th Franco-British summit, which saw French President Francois Hollande meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the northern city of Amiens, was dominated by the Calais crisis.

"Brexit will have consequences for Calais migrants situation"

Hollande on Thursday warned that there would be "consequences" for how migration was managed after meeting Prime Minister David Cameron for an Anglo-French summit in northern France.

"I don't want to scare you but to tell the truth, there will be consequences... including on the question of people... the way in which we manage migration issues," he told reporters.

Under the 2003 Le Touquet border treaty, Britain is allowed to carry out border checks on French soil, stopping many migrants.

Earlier in the day France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron caused a storm when he suggested that the "Jungle" migrant camp would end up on the English side of the Channel if Britain voted to leave the UK.

Pro-Brexit campaigners dismissed the statements from the two French politicians as pure scaremongering.

Despite tensions, the two nations have tried to present a united front in tackling the crisis, and in August last year signed a raft of deals to increase security in Calais and boost humanitarian assistance.

Britain pledged €10 million ($11.2 million) over two years to speed up asylum applications and increase humanitarian aid.

Tightened security has curbed the number of attempts by migrants to force their way into the Channel Tunnel, a crossing that claimed several lives last year.

Hollande also said on Thursday that unaccompanied children at the Calais refugee camp who have relatives in Britain should be "quickly" reunited with them.

"When these youngsters have a family tie in the United Kingdom, they should go to the United Kingdom quickly and efficiently," Hollande said after meeting Cameron. "It should happen even faster and even
more efficiently."

Story continues below…

The summit comes as the "Jungle" camp in the northern French city of Calais, where migrants have gathered in grim conditions to try to cross into Britain, is once again in the spotlight.

For the past few days France has been trying to convince the migrants to move into better accommodation as they raze shacks in the southern part of the camp, facing often violent resistance.

The camp has been a frequent source of tension between Paris and London, as more migrants fleeing poverty and war in the Middle East and north Africa make increasingly desperate efforts to reach Britain.

 

 

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
France charges Charlie Hebdo killer’s relative
The suspect was charged after being handed over to French authorities by Bulgaria. Dimitar Dilkoff /AFP

The brother-in-law of one of the jihadists who attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year faced terrorism charges on Saturday for allegedly trying to join Islamic State fighters in Syria, a judicial source said.

French mayors dismiss suspended burqini ban
Photo: Jean Christophe Magnenet /AFP

The row over France’s burqini ban continues with several mayors vowing to keep restrictions in place despite the country’s top court suspending the ban in the resort town of Villeneuve-Loubet.

France's top court suspends burqini ban
Photo: bellmon1/Flickr

France's highest administrative court has suspended a town's ban on wearing the full-body burqini swimsuit.

Milk price raised, but French farmers still unhappy
The sign on the tractor reads 'We're dying', as farmers blocked Lactalis dairy headquarters. Photo: AFP

Milk prices have been raised by France's biggest dairy group to placate farmers, but unions say their demands have not been met.

Burqini bans 'dividing France's Muslim women'
Photo: AFP

The burqini bans have divided France, but they have also left Muslim women in France in two groups, argues a professor who has spent years studying the impact of the burqa.

Pizza-delivery drones could be on their way to France
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's your pizza. Photo: AFP

No more need to deal with grumpy French waiters...

Heatwave drags on as France faces red-hot weekend
Photo: AFP

France will see searing temperatures on Friday and Saturday, as the heatwave warnings have been extended (once again).

Nice: The French capital of burqini fines
The beach in the Riviera city of Nice. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

It's one of only two of the 30 towns with a burqini ban in place to have actually given out any fines.

How to make France's famed Île Flottante dessert
Photo: Paul Oatway

France-based food blogger Laura Tobin shares her recipe for this delicious French dessert.

France's top court set to rule on burqini ban
Photo: bellmon1/Flickr

France's highest administrative court will decide this afternoon whether to overturn the burqini ban.

Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Education
French schools to ramp up security with 'mock attacks'
Sponsored Article
5 reasons to try dating in Paris with The Inner Circle
Features
Where to go in France to find the best ice cream
National
Majority in France against burqinis on beaches
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
How to keep cool during France's heatwave
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Society
Parisians invited to swim in the Bassin de la Villette
Society
Five tips for surviving an internship in France
Politics
Déja vu? Familiar faces in France's presidential race
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
National
Meet the man paying off burqini fines in France
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
Eight tips on buying wine in a French supermarket
Society
Here's how to enjoy Paris (while avoiding the heat)
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Society
Ten mistakes to avoid when dating a Frenchman
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Society
Twelve 'French' things that aren't actually French at all
'World's priciest home' on sale in French Riviera for €1 billion
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
Lifestyle
RECIPE: How to make the tastiest ratatouille
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
National
Paris sees Europe's biggest plunge in 'liveability'
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
National
Life on the home front in rural France's 'war on terror'
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Features
Weird facts you didn't know about the French language
Society
Paris foodie event cancelled over lack of security
How to tackle six of the trickiest French verbs
National
Summer in France - 'the ideal time to find a job'
National
'Burqini bans will only divide France more'
National
French vineyards revive horse-drawn ploughs
French mayor bans Pokemon Go app from his village
2,755
jobs available