Can Paris denounce the Touquet agreements to force London to renegotiate?
THE CHEKING PROCESS – In Calais, the migration situation is deteriorating and the United Kingdom refuses to honor its financial commitments. Xavier Bertrand wishes to engage in a balance of power.
THE QUESTION. “I ask the government and the President of the Republic for an interministerial meeting with the Minister of the Interior […] with Boris Johnson, with whom we must engage in the showdown to revise the Touquet agreements which have nothing to do with twenty years ago“, Had already asked the LR mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchard on November 5. For several months, the migration situation has deteriorated, as has the relationship with London on this subject. British Home Secretary Priti Patel threatened not to pay financial compensation to Paris because of her “laxityIn terms of immigration.
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According to Times , she would have asked for a new interpretation of maritime law in order to be able to turn back the boats of migrants at sea. In response, Gérald Darmanin asked that the European Union take up the subject and propose a migration treaty with the United Kingdom. At the microphone of Europe 1 on November 9, Xavier Bertrand candidate for the nomination of the Republicans, also wants to engage in a standoff with Boris Johnson. “I want to question the Touquet accords, I want to explain them. For the application of this denunciation to take place, it will take two years during which the British will be forced to return to the negotiating table.“. What is it? Could Paris unveil the Touquet agreements to renegotiate with London?
CHECKS. Since Treaty of Touquet, signed in 2003 by Nicolas Sarkozy and his British counterpart, the British border is defined on the French coast. In return, London pays financial compensation, the amounts of which are regularly renegotiated. The English had complained that the Sangatte camp, closed in 2002, constituted a “reservoir of illegal immigrants tolerated by France“. Since then, the British police have carried out checks in Calais and at the Gare du Nord (Paris) and France in Saint-Pancras.