Gérald Darmanin raises his voice against the United Kingdom. In a context of diplomatic tensions over migrants who want to cross the Channel to join Great Britain, the Minister of the Interior indicated on CNEWS that France is “neither a collaborator, nor an auxiliary”.
“We have no lessons to take from the British,” he exclaimed. The British “must stop taking us for internal political punching bags,” added the minister, who will receive his counterpart Priti Patel this Monday at 19h.
Gérald Darmanin felt that the situation in Calais, where many migrants congregate in the but to reach Great Britain by crossing the sea, was the responsibility of the government of Boris Johnson.
“We are the ones who suffer from British politics”
“I will remind my British counterpart that the NGOs which prevent the police and the gendarmerie from working are largely British NGOs with British citizens who are on French soil and make agit-prop”, at- he advanced. He also recalled that “the smugglers, who organize networks and exploit women and children (…) are very often in Great Britain”.
The Home Secretary is also authorized to criticize the “labor market which in Britain largely operates thanks to a reserve army, as Karl Marx would say, irregular people who can work at low cost.” (…) If the British changed their legislation very drastically – they did it, but not enough – people should no longer be in Calais or Dunkirk, ”he stressed.
“We are the ones who suffer from British politics. We must not reverse the roles, ”said the Minister of the Interior.
Tension had built up between London and Paris on Friday after the number of illegal Channel crossings hit a record high the day before with a total of 1,185 migrants having managed to reach British soil, according to the British Home Office .