The far-right groups once again asserted that France was in danger of being submerged as thousands of people arrived on the Italian island. Meanwhile, President Macron spoke to a “duty of European solidarity” to assist Italy.
Politicians in France responded to the news that approximately 11,000 migrants had arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa since Monday even as the influx of migrants to Lampedusa decreased on Friday, September 15.
As immigration flows to the bloc increase, the exceptional population growth on the island, which typically only has 7,000 residents, has highlighted the absence of a political framework at the level of the European Union. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that departures from Tunisia soared by 260% in 2023 compared to the previous year.
The situation on Lampedusa demonstrates that “strictly nationalist approaches have their limits,” according to French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday. Following pledges to stop future migrant crossings made by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, he made the remark. Paris asserts that the only viable response to the current problem is a European one.
Even though there have been tense moments in the past with Rome, the French president does not want to “leave Italy alone with what it is going through today.” He argued for a “duty of European solidarity” with Italy on the fringes of a trip to Burgundy, while Germany announced that it had banned the voluntary acceptance of asylum seekers from the nation owing to “strong migratory pressure” and Rome’s failure to uphold European agreements. The most recent development in the migration issue in Europe has provided French far-right and right-wing parties with yet another chance to criticize the alleged “submersion” threat to France and the “impotence” of Macron and the European Union in controlling immigration. And after that we hope that france will be back as soon as possible