Migrant crisis: Macron hits out at Johnson, saying 'we do not communicate' via 'tweets and letters we make public'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) greets French President Emmanuel Macron at the Cop26 summit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) greets French President Emmanuel Macron at the Cop26 summit.

The French President rebuked the Prime Minister, after Boris Johnson published a five-point plan to tackle the Channel migrant crisis

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French President Emmanuel Macron has criticised Boris Johnson’s handling of the migrant crisis row.

Speaking at a press briefing he told reporters: “I am surprised by the methods when they are not serious.

“We do not communicate from one leader to another on these issues by tweets and letters that we make public.

“We are not whistleblowers.”

The Prime Minister last night published a letter to mr Macron containing a five-point plan to tackle the Channel migrant crisis.

The five points of the Prime Minister’s plan, which he announced on Twitter, were:

- Joint patrols to prevent more boats from leaving French beaches.

- Deploying more advanced technology, like sensors and radar.

- Reciprocal maritime patrols in each other’s territorial waters and airborne surveillance.

- Deepening the work of our Joint Intelligence Cell, with better real-time intelligence-sharing to deliver more arrests and prosecutions on both sides of the Channel.

- Immediate work on a bilateral returns agreement with France, alongside talks to establish a UK- EU returns agreement.

French Interior minister Gerald Darmanin cancelled a meeting with Home Secretary Priti Patel following the publishing of the five-point plan.

The two secretary's of state were due to meet to discuss how to solve the crisis in the Channel, which cost 27 people their lives this week.

This year alone over 25,000 migrants have successfully crossed the Channel into Britain. That's three times higher than the 2020 figure.