France: tightening on visas from Marocco, Algeria, Tunisia

Govt says countries 'refuse citizens pushed back by France'

28 September, 12:53

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, 28 SET - French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said France has decided to tighten entry visa requirements for citizens from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, which "refuse" to issue the consular passes needed for the return of migrants pushed back by France.

    "It's a drastic decision, an unprecedented decision, but it's a decision made necessary by the fact that these countries don't take back citizens that we don't want and we can't keep in France," Attal said.

    He said these countries' behavior "slows down the effectiveness" of expulsions once the order to leave French territory has been issued.

    "There was a dialogue, then there were threats; today we are putting these threats into practice," he said. (ANSAmed).

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