France to take 400 refugees per month
PARIS—France will accept 400 refugees per month from Greece as part of the EU relocation deal it signed last year, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Thursday.
“This week, as part of the relocation, 97 additional refugees have arrived in France coming from Greece and Italy,” Cazeneuve said in a statement, adding that another 253 were due to arrive next week.
The relocation forms part of an EU-wide agreement signed last summer to reduce the pressure on frontline states.
A total of 160,000 refugees were due to be shared around the EU’s member states, including 30,000 to France.
But most countries have fallen far short of their obligations under the agreement, with France taking only 500 people since the deal was signed.