Macron calls for Europe to fight terrorism with stronger border security

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By Iain Bruce
Macron to strengthen border forces
Macron to strengthen border forces   -  Copyright  Afp

French President Emmanuel Macron says he is going to double the number of his country's border forces, following the recent terror attacks in Nice and Vienna.

Speaking at a news conference at the Spanish border, he also called on European countries to make reforms to the rules that govern the EU's free movement Schengen Area. He called for the introduction of an effective border police on Europe's shared external frontier.

He said this was a necessary response to the global nature of terrorist organisations, which organise internationally through the internet and social media, but also by sending agents across borders. 

"That means Europe must strengthen its response," he said. "France will do that on its borders, by doubling its forces. Europe must do it too." 

Macron said his government would take this proposal to the Council of the EU meeting in December.

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