French interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, is demanding that the British government “uphold its promise” to finance the fight against the Muslim illegal aliens who gather on the northern French coast seeking to cross into England. He also suggested that Britain should “reduce its economic attractiveness” to those making the journey.
CGTN The trafficking of illegal aliens across the Channel to southern England is a constant source of friction between Paris and London, not least on the question of the costs incurred in policing them.
A total of 15,400 illegal aliens attempted to cross the Channel in the first eight months of this year, an increase of 50 percent over the figure for the whole of 2020, according to French coast guard statistics.
The (British) government has not yet paid what it promised us,” Darmanin said. “We call on the British to keep their promise of financing since we are maintaining the border for them.” Under an agreement reached in July, Britain agreed to finance border security in France to the tune of 62.7 million euros ($73.8 million).
According to British media reports, British Home Secretary Priti Patel in September threatened to withhold the money in the light of the record numbers of migrants arriving from France. “France has held the border for our British friends for over 20 years,” said Darmanin.
The French side has hired more gendarmes, purchased more technological equipment and thereby “succeeded in greatly reducing migratory pressure,” he said. Over the past three months, France has stopped 65 percent of attempted crossings by illegal immigrants, up from 50 percent, the interior minister said.