Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Clone of Pakistan Protests: Democracy put the test (Part Two)

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan Protests: Democracy put the test (Part One)

Read more

ENCORE!

The French Maestro of Soul

Read more

FOCUS

US tobacco giants want lion's share of e-cigarette business

Read more

ENCORE!

Bold and bonkers: Kate Bush is back on stage

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Simon Serfaty, US foreign policy specialist

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'It's a War, Stupid!'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French PM calls on ECB to go further to help economy

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'I love the Socialists'

Read more

  • UN backs inquiry of IS group’s alleged crimes in Iraq

    Read more

  • French education ministry picture sparks racist abuse

    Read more

  • US urges Israel to reverse West Bank land seizure

    Read more

  • Lesotho PM calls for regional peacekeeping force after ‘coup’

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes

    Read more

  • Teddy Riner, France’s unstoppable judo champion

    Read more

  • Death toll rises in Paris apartment building blast

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces free Amerli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

    Read more

  • French police arrest hungry hedgehog hunters

    Read more

  • Tripoli under control of militias, says government

    Read more

  • Monaco’s Falcao set for Man Utd loan on transfer deadline day

    Read more

  • Spain orders custody for parents of ill British boy

    Read more

  • Anti-government protesters storm Pakistan's state TV

    Read more

  • Putin calls for talks on 'statehood' for east Ukraine

    Read more

  • Poland marks 75 years since German invasion of WWII

    Read more

  • Web doc on French self-immolation protests takes top prize

    Read more

Europe

EU says France had right to block migrant trains

Video by FRANCE 2 , Yuka ROYER , Jonathan CRANE

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-04-18

The European Commission said Monday that French authorities had not broken EU law at the weekend when they blocked trains carrying Tunisian migrants from Italy for several hours, prompting Italian authorities to launch an official complaint.

AFP - France acted within its rights when it halted trains from Italy to check the travel papers of Tunisian migrants at the weekend, the European Commission said Monday.           

European home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said French authorities cited "public order reasons" for inspecting the trains.
             
"Apparently they have the right to do this," she said, adding that France explained that the trains were stopped "very temporarily."
             
France angered Italy on Sunday when French authorities halted trains coming from the border town of Ventimiglia for a few hours in order to thwart a group of Tunisian migrants and protesters opposed to stricter migration rules.
             
The European neighbours have been at odds over how to handle a wave of Tunisian migrants who have poured onto Italian shores since a popular revolt in Tunisia in January.
             
Italy has moved to grant temporary residence permits to more than 20,000 migrants, which would allow them to travel freely within Europe's 25-nation Schengen visa-free zone.

 

Date created : 2011-04-18

  • IMMIGRATION

    France blocks Italian train carrying Tunisian migrants

    Read more

  • DIPLOMACY

    EU blame-game over Tunisian migrants turns sour

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France and Italy seek to defuse diplomatic spat

    Read more

COMMENT(S)