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Macron Urges Britain To Ease Asylum Measures, Keep Promises

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French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a press conference on France assuming EU presidency, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. French President Emmanuel Macron presents the priorities for France's upcoming presidency of the European Union, a tenure that overlaps with the country's presidential election and could put Macron in a tricky position if he campaigns for reelection. Macron is expected to run in April's two-round election, and France's turn in the European Council's rotating six-month presidency starts Jan. 1. 2022. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

(AP)-French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Britain to make it easier for people to apply for asylum and harder for people to work illegally to stem risky migration efforts across the English Channel after a recent deadly sinking.

Macron also accused the British government of reneging on promises over fishing licenses and of betraying French-British friendship by signing a secret submarine deal with the U.S. and Australia.

Macron said the British government “doesn’t do what it says.” Britain and France accuse each other of not doing enough to prevent the deaths of at least 27 migrants whose boat sank last month off the coast of Calais.

 

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