France refuses to be held ‘hostage’ to British politics
France will not be held hostage to Britain’s domestic politics over the Channel migrant crisis, the country’s interior minister has said. However, he signaled readiness to negotiate with London.
The remarks were delivered by Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Sunday, following a meeting with his Belgian, German and Dutch counterparts in the northern French city of Calais.
“Britain left Europe, but not the world. We need to work seriously on these questions... without being held hostage by domestic British politics,” Darmanin told reporters.
The UK itself is to blame for the flow of migrants seeking to reach British shores and taking a daring voyage across the English Channel, the minister claimed. The migrants are “attracted by England” and its labor market in particular, “which means you can work in England without any identification,” he added.
Britain must take its responsibility and limit its economic attractiveness.
Britain was ultimately left out of the Calais meeting, with Darmanin notifying his UK counterpart Priti Patel on Friday that her invitation had been canceled. The move followed an open letter published by UK PM Boris Johnson, in which he urged Paris to simply take all the illegal migrants back. Paris has rejected any possibility of this happening.