• France's news in English
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

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

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.



Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
17 different ways to talk about sex in French
Photo: Helga Weber/Flickr

Fancy a quick run with the one-legged man?

Yikes! This is what a rat-infested French jail looks like
Photo: YouTube/France Bleu TV.

This video is not for sufferers of ratophobia (or musophobia as the condition is officially called).

France to allow Baby Jesus in Town Halls this Christmas
Photo: AFP

Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus are safe to go on display again this year, it seems.

National Front posts locations of migrants in French town
The National Front courts controversy. Photo: AFP

"Local tax payers have a right to know," says local far-right party chief.

Paris thieves use tear gas to steal €500,000 of watches
Photo: AFP

The thieves pretended to be couriers then threatened staff with tear gas to get the watches.

Bataclan survivor recounts attack in chilling drawings
Photo: BFMTV screengrab

One survivor has recounted the horrific night through illustrations.

Anger among French police grows as Hollande vows talks
French police demonstrate on the Champs Elysées. Photo: AFP

A fourth night of protests shows government efforts to ease anger among French police have been fruitless.

UK border must move back, says 'next French president'
Photo: AFP

If favourite Alain Juppé is elected, Britain and France are in for some difficult negotiations.

Homeless man does a runner from France's top restaurants
Photo: Prayitno/Flickr

"A man's gotta eat," he told police, after racking up gigantic bills in some of France's plushest restaurants.

Underwater museum hopes to make a splash in Marseille
A similar underwater museum piece by Jason deCaires Taylor. Photo: julie rohloff/Flickr

Don't forget your scuba gear...

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
The ups and downs of being both French and English
How Brexit vote has changed life for expats in France
Twelve French insults we'd love to have in English
What's on in France: Ten of the best events in October
jobs available