Monday 19 February 2018

Macron visits migrant centre ahead of talks on Calais border

The French president is to meet Theresa May on Thursday for talks on the Calais border.

Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with Ahmed Adam, from Sudan, during his visit to a migrant centre (AP)
Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with Ahmed Adam, from Sudan, during his visit to a migrant centre (AP)

By AP reporters

French president Emmanuel Macron has visited a migrant centre in northern France as he prepares to press the UK to do more to help deal with people who converge on the Calais region in hopes of crossing the Channel.

Mr Macron talked briefly with Sudanese migrants at the centre in Croisilles, home to 63 people.

He also questioned officials about measures to speed up processing for migrants who agree to apply for asylum in France.

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Mr Macron is making a foray into the symbolic heart of France’s migrant problem with a visit to the port city of Calais (AP)

The French president also asked about migrants who abandon such centres to try to sneak across the Channel instead.

Guillaume Alexandre, the head of the association managing three facilities in the Pas-de-Calais region, said nearly 70% of migrants there leave before filing any paperwork in France.

Mr Macron will travel to Calais later on Tuesday. On Thursday, he will meet Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss accords that effectively place the British border in Calais.

Press Association

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