France Defies EU Open Borders Agreement, Renews Border Controls

France Defies EU Open Borders Agreement, Renews Border Controls


France has extended border controls that have been in place since 2015 in defiance of the European Union’s open borders Schengen Agreement and a European Court decision that hinted the French policy was unlawful.

The French Council of State gave the go-ahead to renew the border controls — which have been renewed every six months since 2015 — on Wednesday, allowing France to continue to patrol its borders with other European Union (EU) member-states despite France being a party to the controversial open borders Schengen Agreement.

“Good news! The Council of State validates the maintenance by France of controls at the internal borders of the European Union. These controls are necessary to prevent the risk of terrorism as much as possible and to

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