French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve meets French border police at the border with Germany on Saturday. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP
France imposed stepped-up border controls on November 13, just hours before the Paris attacks, in preparation for the talks.
Bernard Cazeneuve said that the people had been prevented from entering France “because of the risk these people could represent for public order and security in our country.”
During a visit to the northeastern city of Strasbourg, he said nearly 15,000 police, gendarmes and customs agents have been deployed to the borders.
The aim of the boosted controls is to enable the authorities to reinforce security as the COP21 climate talks officially get under way in Paris on Monday and also to confront the high terrorist threat level facing the country, Cazeneuve said, adding that they would make any necessary arrests.
A few hours after the tougher border controls ahead of the climate talks took effect on November 13, extremists carried a series of attacks at several sites in Paris, killing 130 people.
The French government, which has declared a state of emergency, said it would continue the increased border security as long as the terrorist threat remains high.