France Needs to Better Protect Maritime Borders Amid Migrant Inflow

© AFP 2022 / FREDERICK FLORIN Florian Philippot, French far-right Front National (FN) party vice-president and top candidate for the December regional elections in the eastern Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region, delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Kintzheim, eastern France, on December 9, 2015
Florian Philippot, French far-right Front National (FN) party vice-president and top candidate for the December regional elections in the eastern Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region, delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Kintzheim, eastern France, on December 9, 2015 - Sputnik International
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France needs to better protect its sovereignty at maritime borders amid cross-border drug trafficking and an inflow of undocumented migrants, Vice President of the French far-right National Front party Florian Philippot said Monday in a statement.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the National Front member, the current socialist government has weakened the maritime border security, so faster delivery of new vessels is needed, as well as the deployment of new drones and planes.

"This situation is unbearable on an enormous territory of 11 million of square kilometers [approximately 4.2 million square miles] and filled with considerable resources: the number of breaches is growing, the drug trafficking is flourishing, and illegal immigration is speeding up. The sovereignty of France has to be reaffirmed urgently!" Philippot said in a statement.

Philippot also stressed the importance of increasing the country's defense budget.

In December 2016, Chief of Staff of the French Armed Forces Gen. Pierre de Villiers urged French government to increase military spending to the 2 percent of GDP, as required by NATO. French President Francois Hollande said later in December that France had the necessary resources to boost its military expenditure.

According to NATO July 2016 figures, France was spending 1.78 percent of its GDP on defense.

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