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    French Mayor Calls for More Protection of the Italian Border to Stop Migrants

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    Migrant flows across the Italian border are a growing worry for for terror afflicted France, In a letter to Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve, mayor of Menton Jean-Claude Guibal requested to allocate additional resources to strengthen the French border to stop the flow of migrants. The mayor talked about the letter content with Sputnik.

    “In my letter to Bernard Cazeneuve, I asked to increase the number of policemen to provide better border security due to large flows of migrants,” explained Jean-Claude Guibal.

    Over the course of 12 months, 10,000 migrants arrived to Italy from Libya and now are moving to the French border.

    It is hard to track refugees’ movement as they travel on motorways, railways or along the sea.

    Now migrants are trying to cross the border on mountain trails.

    “On Friday, migrants for the first time violated the border. In the course of recent circumstances, the border must be secured by additional police forces,” maintained the mayor.

    According to Guibal, Italy’s Ventimiglia could become the new Calais.

    “Italian authorities are doing everything they can to resolve the migrant situation. But unfortunately it is not enough. We want Europe to come to concrete actions in the sphere of migrant politics and border security,” the mayor told Sputnik.

    To enforce the border trains are systematically checked. If migrants are noticed on them, police takes the refugees back to the border.

    The same is done on motorways.

    “I understand that the police and the military are concentrated on combating terrorism. Anyway, I think that some forces could still be put on the border to secure it,” stated Guibal.

    For many months, Europe has experienced a refugee crisis. France has become a target of multiple terrorist attacks. These unpleasant events raised many concerns regarding migrants who are trying to cross the Italian-French border. French authorities are trying to prevent any possible security threats.

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