French PM ‘Won’t Hesitate’ to Restore Border Controls

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls attends a news conference at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, France, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

France will “not hesitate” to follow Germany in bringing back border controls over the refugee crisis if it becomes necessary in the coming weeks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday.

“We already restored temporary controls in spring (on the Italian border) and we won’t hesitate to do it again as the rules of Schengen allow when circumstances require it,” he told a parliamentary debate on the migrant crisis.

Earlier this week, Germany similarly announced that it would allow guards on its border with Austria to investigate migrants’ claims. These moves suggest that the Schengen Agreement, which guarantees freedom of movement within signatory countries, could be in danger.