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France is secretly planning to bring back passport checks on ALL its borders in desperate bid to ‘maintain order’, leaked letter reveals

  • France plans to close all its borders for a period of 31 days, letter reveals
  • This would bring back passport checks on border to Schengen countries
  • The move was revealed in a leaked letter to EU officials in Brussels

According to a leaked letter, the French government will temporarily re-introduce controls for a month from next week.

Officials have warned the move is necessary to keep order as it hosts the COP21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change from the end of the month.

Workers reinforce a fence with razor wire to protect the Eurotunnel site from migrants who attempt to reach the UK, as it is revealed France is planning on temporarily re-introducing passport controls at all its borders


 It follows moves by other countries in the EU’s border-free Schengen Zone, including Germany, to re-introduce checks during the migrant crisis.

In a letter to EU officials in Brussels, French diplomats notified they were planning to close the borders for a period of 31 days.

 German newspaper Handelsblatt reported they wrote: ‘The controls at the borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain [will be] temporarily reintroduced’ from 13 November.

The COP21 conference is due to take place from 30 November to 11 December in Paris.

Under EU rules, the 26 European countries that have removed all border checks between each other may temporarily introduce emergency controls ‘if there is a serious threat to public policy or internal security’.

The move is believed to be a response to the current migrant and refugee crisis, which has seen the 'Jungle' migrants camp in the northern French city of Calais expand significantly over recent months

Checks have remained in place on the border with the UK as it is not a member of the Schengen Zone.

The move comes as Austria has defended plans to build a fence on its border with Slovenia, which is also part of the Schengen Zone.

Interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told Austrian newspaper Die Presse: ‘A fence is not a bad thing.’

A French government spokesman last night confirmed the plan saying there was ‘obviously a security issue’ around the COP21 conference. He said it was a routine move and that the European Council and European Commission had been notified.

At least 80 world leaders, including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, David Cameron are due to attend the talks.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3305482/France-secretly-planning-bring-passport-checks-borders-desperate-bid-maintain-order-leaked-letter-reveals.html

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