France Says It Will Close Sangatte, but Not Yet; REFUGEES: `Longer-Term Solution Involves Changes to EU Laws'
Byline: JANE MERRICK
THE Home Office last night welcomed plans announced by France's Interior Minister to close the Sangatte refugee camp.
Nicolas Sarkozy said it was an objective of the French Government to close the Red Cross camp but no date had been set.
The camp is used by illegal immigrants as a staging post to smuggle themselves across the Channel.
Home Secretary David Blunkett's spokesman said Mr Sarkozy's remarks were ``pretty much consistent'' with what British ministers had been saying for the past 24 hours, but although Mr Blunkett had had talks with Mr Sarkozy no deal had been set over the closure.
Mr Sarkozy said …
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Publication information: Article title: France Says It Will Close Sangatte, but Not Yet; REFUGEES: `Longer-Term Solution Involves Changes to EU Laws'. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Publication date: May 24, 2002. Page number: 4. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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