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Macron rival Pecresse slams EU’s ‘sieve-like’ borders

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 Macron rival Pecresse slams EU s sieve like borders
Macron rival Pecresse slams EU’s ‘sieve-like’ borders

1 French right-wing presidential hopeful Valerie Pecresse on Saturday criticized the EU‘s “sieve-like” borders for allowing migrants to enter undetected and backed calls for barbed-wire fences to prevent them from crossing illegally. to the block.

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2 Pecresse, who polls show as President Emmanuel Macron‘s main rival in the April 2022 election, stressed his position during a visit to a migrant camp on the Greek island of Samos.

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3 “We cannot have a Europe like a sieve, a supermarket Europe where you come in and out as you please,” said the conservative politician, who presents herself as a cross between Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel.

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4 The Samos camp is one of three new migrant facilities on the Greek Aegean islands, which served as a gateway to the EU for more than a million asylum seekers in 2015. Most were Syrians, Iraqis or Afghans who They arrived by boat from Turkey.

5 The new camps have barbed-wire fences, surveillance cameras, X-ray scanners and magnetic gates that lock at night.

6 Built with EU funds, they offer a higher level of comfort, including running water, toilets and more security, than the dingy tented camps they replaced.

7 However, NGOs and aid groups have raised concerns about the confinement of migrants in the camps.

8 During Pecresse’s visit, a dozen Somali migrants protested being trapped in what they called “a detention camp.”

9 But the 54-year-old head of the Greater Paris region praised the facility, calling it a “model” for Europe that combined “firmness” and “humanity” and helped reduce the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.

10 He accused the centrist Macron, who is currently running to win a second term, of sweeping the migration issue “under the rug.”

11 “A wall is not the solution, but it can be the answer,” he declared, calling on the EU to fund the construction of barbed-wire border fences in countries with EU external borders.

12 Polls show immigration as one of the main concerns of French voters.

13 Pecresse has been accused of chasing far-right votes by taking a hard line on immigration and crime, issues she says are related.

14 Source Credit: TheGuardian

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