France, in letter to Boris Johnson, rejects idea of joint border patrol in Channel


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PARIS - French Prime Minister Jean Castex told his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, that he rejected the idea of a joint British-French patrol in the English Channel to fight illegal migration, a letter obtained by showed on Thursday.

"France is ready to pursue our operational cooperation with the United Kingdom", the letter said, but added:

"We cannot accept (...) that British police or military patrol at our coast. It's a matter of our sovereignty."

Boris Johnson earlier this month suggested a joint coast patrol in a letter he sent to French President Emmanuel after 27 migrants lost their lives as the tried to reach British shores.

 

(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel)

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