France has withdrawn UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s invitation for a meeting in Calais, following the publication of a letter by PM Boris Johnson to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron regarding migrant crossings.
In a message seen on Friday by AFP news agency, French Interior Minister Gerald Dormanin said he was “disappoint” by a letter which was sent by Johnson to the French President as well as published on the British Prime Minister’s Twitter account on Thursday.
Dormanin argues that, while France was disappointed with its content, its publication on social media only made matters worse. As a result, the French government has canceled an urgent meeting with Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel on Sunday to deal with the upheaval in the Channel’s migrant crossing.
“Priti Patel is no longer invited to Sunday’s inter-ministerial meeting, which will go ahead with France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the European Commission.” Confirming the reports in the French press, a senior French official told the FT on Friday.
In his letter, Johnson called for joint maritime patrols to prevent migrant crossings of the Channel, and a deal to return migrants who successfully make it to France from the UK. “If those arriving in this country are turned back swiftly, the incentive for people to put their lives in the hands of traffickers will be greatly reduced,” Johnson wrote.
Patel was due to meet her French counterpart for a meeting in Calais after 27 migrants died during a crossing on Wednesday. France has promised to increase its responsibility, but, according to Elysee, demanded from Johnson not to use the tragedy as a reality. “Political end”.
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