France is considering a “targeted” reduction in the number of visas granted to countries which are reluctant to take back their nationals in an irregular situation, in particular those suspected of radicalization.
“We must tell these countries that they must take back people who are identified as their nationals,” said the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, in the program “Le Grand Rendez-vous” on the radio Europe 1.
“We have levers to do it, for example visas […] by targeting politicians, economic leaders. Yes, it is one of the levers that the President of the Republic, that the Minister of the Interior are considering, ”he added.
The question of expulsions took a particularly acute turn in France after the last jihadist attacks perpetrated on its soil, in particular that of Nice at the end of October, committed by a Tunisian who had recently arrived in Europe.
On tour recently in the Maghreb countries, the French Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin presented them with a list of nationals in an irregular situation and suspected of radicalization, whom France wishes to expel.
Clément Beaune insisted on the need for concerted action with other European countries, particularly the Schengen area, for greater efficiency. “At some point you have to be concrete, efficient […] We respect our partners, but as Europeans, with our European partners, we must put this pressure on, ”he said.
“Here too we have to get out of naivety, we have to go through European action because we are stronger in these pressures” he insisted.
According to the French Ministry of the Interior, France has 231 foreigners in an irregular situation followed for “radicalization” including about sixty Tunisians, as many Moroccans and a little more Algerians, and has made their expulsion a priority.
The subject is controversial in the countries concerned, especially in Tunisia where the possibility of a return to the country of Tunisians who joined jihadist groups in Syria had triggered hostile demonstrations in 2016.
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