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July 3, 2022

France could suspend its membership of the Schengen zone

France’s Nicolas Sarkozy called for better protection of Europe’s companies and borders in a re-election campaign speech on Sunday, saying he wanted to renegotiate the open-borders Schengen Agreement and push for a “Buy European Act”, according to worldbulletin.net. Sarkozy said a system of sanctions was needed to control immigration in Europe and that France could suspend its membership of the Schengen zone if progress was not made. He said legislation was needed along the lines of the “Buy American Act” to require governments to favour European-made products in their purchases, and said that without progress in this area, France would apply that rule unilaterally. According to British media, the UK has called last Thursday for Schengen rules to be suspended by introducing emergency border controls with Greece until the crisis-hit country stems a flood of illegal immigrants across its frontier with Turkey. Britain joined Germany, France, Austria, Holland, Belgium and Sweden in urging Greece to “live up to its responsibilities” and “keep its house in order” by securing the Greek border with Turkey, The Telegraph informs.

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