France rejects joint Channel border patrols with UK: PM's letter

AFP , Thursday 2 Dec 2021

France formally rejected the idea of joint patrols with British security forces on its Channel coast in a letter seen by AFP on Thursday that was sent from French Prime Minister Jean Castex to his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

Migrants in Calais, France
Migrants carry wood in a makeshift camp outside Calais, northern France, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. France is reacting angrily to Britain s latest proposals for dealing with the deadly flow of migrants between their shores. AP

Castex wrote that "we cannot accept ... that British police or soldiers patrol on our coasts. It's a question of sovereignty and I know your government's sensitivity towards respecting the sovereignty of others."

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