French leader wants to screen migrants in Africa
French President Emmanuel Macron says he would like to create "hotspots" this summer where migrants in Libya would be pre-screened for asylum claims.
A man reacts during an Italian Police blitz outside Milan’s main train station, Italy, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Authorities have detained several dozen people in response to an increasing public security issue as the city deals with a new wave of migrants. Source: AP Photo.
French press reports quoted Macron making the remark on the sidelines of a visit Wednesday with refugees in Orleans before he presided over a citizenship ceremony.
An official in the presidential entourage said later that Macron was referring to "advance points" in southern Libya, as well as in neighboring Niger and Chad. The official could not be named in keeping with presidential policy.
In a speech, Macron said France wants to create ways for Africans to seek asylum "on African soil" to avoid perilous sea journeys to Europe.