Parliament in the European Union is beginning to discuss the new reorientation or selection of migrants in the EU countries. The term quota will no longer be used and will be changed.
Mr Macron’s spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said the French president recalled that “in cases of distress, those with the nearest coastline have a responsibility to respond”.
“There is a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility in the Italian government’s behaviour,” he quoted President Macron as saying.
Most migrants who survive the perilous voyages from North Africa end up in overcrowded Italian camps, and Italy says its EU partners must ease the burden. – BBC
French President Emmanuel Macron says that Italy “playing politics” with a boat full of shipwrecked Libyan refugees denied entry to Italy, and the Italian government has displayed “cynicism and irresponsibility” for closing its ports. The French scolding comes after Italy’s new Interior Minister of less than two weeks, Matteo Salvini, made good on his warning last weekend that “the good times for illegals are over” after years of unchecked migration primarily from North Africa, according to zerohedge.com.
In response to Macron’s comments, Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte hit back – accusing Paris of being hypocritical, cynical and rigid.
“The statements around the Aquarius affair that come from France are surprising and show a serious lack of knowledge about what is really happening. Italy can not accept hypocritical lessons from countries that have always preferred to turn their backs when it comes to immigration,” Conte’s office said.
This isn’t the first time Italy and France have traded barbs over how to handle Sub-Saharan migrants. Nearly one year ago, Italy slammed France for excluding them from negotiations with Libyan leaders on a political power-sharing deal to reunite the fractured North African country.