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French President Emmanuel Macron Tightens Border Security, Calls for EU Free Movement Reform

French President Emmanuel Macron has increased his country’s border controls and has called for the European Union (EU) to rethink its free movement after recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria.

French President Emmanuel Macron has increased his country’s border controls and has called for the European Union (EU) to rethink its free movement after recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria.

France would double its police border controls from 2,400 to 4,800 due to “a growing terrorism threat,” Macron said last Nov. 5 during his visit to the French-Spanish border.

Macron also called for the EU to rethink its free travel in the Schengen zone, which consists of 22 countries where people within the EU can freely cross borders without a passport.

“I am in favor of a deep overhaul of Schengen to re-think its organization and to strengthen our common border security with a proper border force,” Macron said, claiming that tighter controls were necessary to “fight against illegal immigration and traffickers who, increasingly often, have links to terrorism.”

Macron said that he would present proposals “intensifying our common border protection with real security force at the external borders” within the EU at a summit with EU partners in December.

France has been at its highest security level alert, deploying thousands of soldiers at schools and places of worships, since the beheading of schoolteacher Samuel Paty last Oct. 16 who showed cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to his class.

Then, last Oct. 29, a Tunisian man who traveled from Italy to France killed three people in a church in Nice.

In Vienna last Nov. 2, an Islamist killed four people. According to Austrian officials, he traveled to Slovakia last July in an attempt to buy ammunition.

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