French border control police check cars on the border between France and Italy | Photo: EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER
French border control police check cars on the border between France and Italy | Photo: EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER

French government sources say there are no longer any disputes between Rome and Paris regarding the question of migrants at the border and that the issue is "less central because landings in Italy are nearly zero."

Speaking at the presentation briefing for the G7 interior ministers' meeting to take place in Paris on April 4 and 5, French government sources said that there is "no longer any dispute" regarding the management of irregular migrants at the French-Italian border, both in Ventimiglia as well as in the Alps. 

"Issue less central, landings nearly zero" 

Responding to the question of whether French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner would be ready to discuss the question during a bilateral meeting with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini scheduled for Thursday afternoon, the sources said that "the question of the border is less central because landings in Italy are nearly zero. At one time there were 180,000, now there are less than 500 in four months."

French police trespassing only "accidents" 

The sources said the Bardonecchia case of alleged trespassing by French police on Italian territory had not had a significant impact. They described what happened in Bardonecchia as "accidents" along a border where the majority of cases see a "level of cooperation between the police and prefects of the two countries that is carried out in an excellent way." 

The French officials also said that these "accidents" led to a dialogue that concluded on March 19, when a French-Italian accord was signed in Rome. This paper lays out all the provisions for the management of migrants at the border between the two countries in more detail. 

"An agreement was made on how to cooperate in a concrete way and now there is no longer any border dispute between France and Italy," one source said. 
 

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