Keyword: Vintimille

Migrants held 'secretly and illegally' in prefab huts in France

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The prefabriated huts behind the police station at Menton where the migrants are detained before being sent back to Italy. © La Cimade The prefabriated huts behind the police station at Menton where the migrants are detained before being sent back to Italy. © La Cimade

Migrant rights groups are taking legal action after discovering that migrants  are being secretly detained overnight in prefabricated huts in the French town of Menton on the border with Italy. The groups say the the French authorities' treatment of the refugees, many of whom are from Sudan and Eritrea and who include some children, is illegal. Carine Fouteau reports.

From Calais to Italy: how France has become Europe's new border guard

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In return for help in making the Channel Tunnel and the port at Calais more “secure”, France has agreed to monitor Britain's borders on its behalf. On the Italian frontier, meanwhile, French police are searching for migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean. As Carine Fouteau reports, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has taken on the mantle of Europe's new gatekeeper, at the risk of breaching European law.

France and Italy play down migrant border drama

At joint press conference with French president, Italian premier Matteo Renzi denied tensions over migrants at frontier town of Ventimiglia.

Italian police haul away migrants at France border

Around 300 migrants had been camping out for days in Ventimigila on the frontier, sparking tension between the two countries.

Migrants in stand-off with French police at France-Italy border

More than 100 migrants have begun a sit-in at the Vintimille frontier post where police reinforcements were sent to stop them entering France.