After Italian police rounded up a group of migrants and attempted to get them on a bus, they were unable to prevent them fleeing after an angry crowd gathered.
For five days now hundreds of African migrants have been stranded on the rocks along the coast of Ventimiglia, the Italian border town next to Menton in France.
None of them want to be here. They want to move on to join family members elsewhere in the EU, or just move on from Italy. The French are stopping them, claiming to respect the Treaty of Dublin which say migrants are their entry nation’s responsibility.
Now at least one elected member of Italy’s 5 Star party, which until now has been broadly supportive of the French stance, says Paris is opportunistically sending unwanted migrants back over the Italian border for Italy to pick up the tab. He says 5 Star has evidence in the form of receipts that some migrants have from purchases made in Paris.