France today rejected a British proposal to conduct "joint patrols" on its territory in order to prevent migrants from sailing towards Britain, in the latest developments in the dispute between the two countries after dozens of migrants recently drowned in the English Channel separating them.
AFP reported that French Prime Minister Jean Castix wrote in a letter addressed to his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, “We cannot accept British police or soldiers patrolling our coasts, as this detracts from our sovereignty,” noting that “more than 700 police and gendarmes are surveying the coast.” Opal in the north of the country daily to prevent rickety boats from sailing towards England.”
"Some of these operations are carried out with a financial contribution from your government under the cooperation agreements concluded between us," Castix said, the British Prime Minister.
"However, these efforts allow to contain the phenomenon only and not to provide a permanent solution," the French prime minister added, calling on Britain to open "legal avenues of immigration for those who have legitimate reasons to seek" to go to this country.
Johnson made this proposal during a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on November 25, the day after a migrant ship sank in the English Channel, killing 27 people.
Following the aforementioned incident, London and Paris exchanged accusations regarding responsibility for the issue of migrants by boat in the English Channel.