France summons Belgium’s Ambassador for allegedly depositing migrants across the countries’ border
Paris, France ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – France summoned Belgium’s ambassador in Paris on Thursday, after detaining two Belgian police officers on French territory for allegedly depositing migrants across the countries’ border.
The incident has raised concerns in Paris about Belgian police operations to close the border to migrants coming from France. Disputes over handling migrant applications have become a persistent source of tension across Europe, as the region processes huge numbers of people arriving from the Middle East and Africa
“We will have an explanation,” said Stéphane Le Foll, spokesman for the French government. “It will surely be frank and clear.”
In Belgium, police complained about the treatment of the Belgian officers, who were interrogated for four hours without an attorney. They also threatened to go on strike unless the Belgian government explains whether its border enforcement procedures are legal.
“The aim is to force the Belgian interior minister to come and explain to us what he has agreed with his French counterpart,” said Vincent Gilles, president of one of Belgium’s main police unions, “so we can make sure our officers aren’t breaking the law.”
Mr. Gilles said the police were carrying out Operation Medusa, a year-old effort by Belgium to close its border to migrants coming from France. Over the past year, Belgian police have detained 2,500 migrants and taken them to the French border.
“Out of humanity, we always ask them where they want to go,” he said.
This time, the police accidentally went around 50 yards into French territory, where they were stopped by an unmarked French police car.For more news and stories, join us on Facebook,Twitter , or contact us through our Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com