FRANCE-GB-MIGRANTS-CELLLULE: Creation of a Franco-British intelligence unit
PARIS (Reuters) – French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin and his British counterpart Priti Patel signed an agreement on Sunday in Calais (Pas-de-Calais) providing for the creation of a Franco-British intelligence unit on the issue of migration.
This entity “will allow our respective services to share in an operational manner the information they hold, in particular on the smugglers’ networks,” explains Gérald Darmanin in a message posted on Twitter.
“For the first time, six British police officers then six French police officers, in Coquelles, will be able to work upstream on the fight against the smugglers”, he also declared to the press.
After the dismantling of migrant camps in recent days in Calais, the minister said the importance, in his eyes, of “continuing to maintain pressure which is simply that of the Republic, which is at home everywhere and which must not see a ‘jungle’ or ‘land’ obviously reconstituted. ”
Gérald Darmanin also met the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart.
“I reminded him of the need to maintain sufficient police forces in Calais, to continue the fight against smugglers, to renegotiate the Le Touquet Agreements and to deploy a new territory contract,” she wrote on his Twitter account.
Video: A Franco-British cellult to fight migrant smugglers (Euronews)