Macron ‘will make those types of comments’ says Priti Patel

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The French President pledged to accept more Afghan refugees in France to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Taliban. But Mr Macron’s promise to the international community was not received with open arms in France. Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, Member of Parliament for Essonne and President of Debout la France said: “The right of asylum is misguided and uncontrollable!

“It is out of the question to accept Afghans on our soil, when we already have an incredible number of them who do not fit in at all! Enough of the migratory madness.

“By opening the door to Afghan refugees, Macron undermines the security of the French. Madness!

“The 10,000 Afghans who enter our territory each year were not enough apparently.

“There are many countries between France and Afghanistan that can accommodate them.”

National Rally MEP Jerome Riviere echoed: “The policy pursued by Macron makes no sense. These Afghans must be expelled immediately, that’s all! It is time for the Macron experiment to end.

“This ship is sinking.

“It only took a week to experience the first terrorist threat from Afghanistan.

“We should never have welcomed Afghans without staying in a third country or a base abroad to verify their status. Macron puts France in danger.

“We had warned of the danger of welcoming Afghan migrants in France and now one of them is already in police custody. With Macron, the French are in danger!”

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MEP Julien Odoul said the Afghans “are incompatible with our values, our lifestyles, our republican principles.”

According to the RN spokesman who fears “a major risk for the security of the French”, “France has already done its part”.

Mr Odoul said “we have enough Afghans” in France since there are “35,000 today under the protection of our country”.

“There is a risk, a major risk for the safety of the French,” he continued. A risk he considered to be “confirmed today” when five Afghans were placed under surveillance on their arrival in France and one of them was taken into custody for leaving the area which had been assigned to him by the General Directorate of Internal Surveillance, as the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, explained on France Info on Tuesday.

Julien Odoul insisted that the checks can’t be done “on our soil”. “Common sense, the precautionary principle, is obviously to refuse the entry of these Afghans into the national territory,” said the RN spokesman. “Terrorists take advantage of the migratory highways to infiltrate and then hit us.”

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“I do not see why France must put at risk its citizens. Is Afghanistan a former French colony? No,” continued Julien Odoul.

“We have shed blood for the freedom of the Afghans, we have paid money, and for years we have welcomed a number of Afghan nationals, what more needs to be done? We have done what is necessary,” he estimated, considering that “it is up to the Afghans to find solutions.”

Leaders of the G7 major industrialized nations – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – met virtually to discuss how to complete the withdrawal and deal with the Taliban now that they have seized power.

The talks did not result “in new dates” for the end of the evacuation mission, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, although there were intensive discussions on whether a civilian-operated airport in Kabul could be used after Aug. 31.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the top condition of the G7 agreement was that militants must allow safe passage to Afghans wanting to leave the country even after that deadline.

The Afghan government collapsed as the United States and its allies withdrew troops two decades after they ousted the Taliban in the weeks after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by al Qaeda militants, whose leaders had found safe haven in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

Leaders of the Taliban, who have sought to show Factbox: Taliban seek to present a moderate face as they take control in Afghanistan a more moderate face since capturing Kabul, have begun talks on forming a government that have included discussions with some old enemies, including former President Hamid Karzai.

The Taliban appointed a former Guantanamo detainee, Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir, as acting defence minister, the Qatari-based Al Jazeera news channel said, citing a Taliban source. Some former Afghan government officials say they have been ordered back to work.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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