Royal Oak Tribune

Border controls upgraded following attacks

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PARIS » French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that France is reinforcin­g its border controls after a series of attacks that hit the country in recent weeks.

Macron said the number of police and troops in charge of border controls will double from 2,400 now to 4,800.

They will focus on fighting illegal immigratio­n and smuggling activities, he said, during a visit to a frontier post in Le Perthus, at the border with Spain.

“We see very clearly that terrorist actions can actually be led by some people who use migratory flows to threaten our territory. So we must reinforce our controls for reasons of national security,” Macron said.

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