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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

French Interior Minister Proposes ‘European Act’ to Fight Terrorism, Tighten Borders

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has proposed a “European Act” to fight terrorism and to tighten borders after the recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria, according to a report by Arab News.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has proposed a “European Act” to fight terrorism and to tighten borders after the recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria, according to a report by Arab News.

Darmanin urged that Europe “must be involved in this battle” and said that terrorism was a “European problem.”

“France cannot tackle it alone. This is why we need a European Act, and we are working on it,” Darmanin said at a press confernece after a bilateral meeting with Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese in Rome last week.

Darmanin called for the Schengen Agreement to be “re-established and revised,” echoing a similar stance by French President Emmanuel Macron last week.

“It is not about blocking the free circulation to European citizens but to review the system of control on external borders,” Darmanin said.

Darmanin further said that any revision of the Schengen Agreement, which allows people within European countries to freely cross borders without a passport, should include “a common governance” of the interior ministers of the European Union.

“Being Muslim and European is not incompatible. For 30 years in France, terrorist acts have been committed in the name of Islamism, and we have to stop this,” Darmanin added.

In Nice last Oct. 29, a Tunisian man who traveled from Italy to France killed three people in a church, two weeks after the beheading of schoolteacher Samuel Paty who showed cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to his class.

Then last Nov. 2, an Islamist, who traveled to Slovakia last July in an attempt to buy ammunition, killed four people in Vienna.

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