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Border wall construction project: “An absurdity” for Clément Beaune


Clément Beaune was the guest of the “Grand Rendez-vous” on Europe 1. Questioned by Sonia Mabrouk, the Secretary of State for European Affairs took the opportunity to reaffirm France’s refusal as to the possible construction of walls at European borders in the face of this “absurdity”.


Faced with the influx of migrants, for several weeks, the project to build a wall at the European borders continues to grow. The Polish Parliament also validated, last October, a government project to build a wall to control the arrival of migrants from Belarus. The cost of the wall is estimated at 353 million euros and it must extend over more than 100 kilometers on the border between the two countries. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, had extinguished any conflagration in the face of the controversy, by specifying that the European Union “would not finance barbed wire walls”

“To place barricades as high as possible, an absurdity”

Guest of Big Meeting on Europe 1, Clément Beaune returned to this news. The Secretary of State for European Affairs reaffirmed France’s refusal to position itself in favor of the possible construction of walls at European borders. “Having police officers who hold borders very well, with means of surveillance, cameras, elements that protect a border, yes”, he declared at the microphone of Sonia Mabrouk before adding: “Place barricades as high as possible, as wide as possible, which will enclose Europe and protect it completely. I think that is nonsense”.

Clément Beaune took the opportunity to tackle Valérie Pécresse, the Republican presidential candidate, favorable, for her part, to the construction of the walls since her wanderings in Hellenic land. “Madame Pécresse went to Greece and she said ‘I want walls’. Afterwards, she said ‘It’s not strong enough. I want barbed wire walls’. Why not add dogs the week after? ?”

“Respect for human rights and principles”

Despite the deep intention of twelve of the 27 countries present within the European Union to want to get out of the ground these barbed barricades, mainly located in Eastern Europe, France will not give in to pressure. “The file has been exploited, look at the geography. It’s not a wall that will help us. Immigration comes from [principalement] maritime arrivals. I want us to respect the principles of human rights, in particular respect for asylum,” he concluded.

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The budget allocated to Frontex, the European border guard agency, continues to increase every year. It went from 114 million euros in 2015 to 460 million in 2020 and 544 million in 2021. The creation of these walls therefore has only a political aim. A misleading way for these countries to show that they are doing something concrete on a major subject, immigration, and therefore that they exist on the European chessboard.

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