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France manufacturers Italy’s refusal of migrant rescue ship a ‘nasty gesture’

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The French authorities has slammed Italy’s refusal to simply accept a rescue ship carrying greater than 200 migrants — calling it a “nasty gesture”.

The Ocean Viking was lastly docked in France final week — the place the migrants have been allowed to disembark within the southern metropolis of Toulon to be processed.

“It is a unhealthy gesture”, however “the essential factor is to proceed cooperation and never go away it at that”, President Emmanuel Macron’s entourage mentioned.

“The folks disembarked in Toulon can be deducted from the quantity we’re taking on this 12 months as a part of our solidarity with Italy”.

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Of the 234 folks rescued by the vessel within the Mediterranean, greater than half have been refused entry into France.

“Of the 234 folks – on the time of writing all of the procedures haven’t been accomplished – 44 have been recognised as minors, 60 can apply for asylum, together with Syrians, Sudanese and Eritreans, 44 have had their purposes rejected right now”, mentioned Gerald Darmanin, France’s Minister of the Inside. 

After Rome’s refusal to simply accept the Ocean Viking, France has known as for “European initiatives” to “higher management [its] exterior borders”.

Italy’s Inside Minister just lately defended the road taken by the brand new right-wing authorities, and urged Europe to get a stronger grip on the migration “phenomenon”. 

EU inside ministers will meet in Brussels subsequent week to debate migration coverage in mild of the present disaster.

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