Published: August 14, 2019
Some EU states have agreed to a new Franco-German “solidarity mechanism” to allocate migrants across the bloc, but the initiative faces resistance from Italy’s populist leaders. Mr Macron “must act on the migrant question” and seek ways to “improve the management of migration flows,” the right-wing lawmaker told France Info radio. France, as a “Euro-Mediterranean power, must be the one to lead this initiative,” he said, as he denounced the “scandalous humanitarian situation” in the Mediterranean.
France lashes out at Trump after US President attacked Macron
Mr Macron must “put a stop to migrant suffering,” Mr Larrivé insisted, before accusing EU states of “standing idly by” while migrants and refugees risk their lives to reach Europe.
“It is the international community’s duty to save lives,” he added, as he called for temporary reception centres to be set up along the bloc’s southern shores.
More than 800 people have died or gone missing while crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe’s shores since January, according to Mr Larrivé.
His plea for action comes amid the latest migrant standoff in Mediterranean.
More than 500 migrants and refugees are currently in limbo, as the two humanitarian ships that rescued them off the coast of Libya in recent days continue to search for a safe port willing to take them in.
Around 350 of the migrants, who hail mostly from Africa, are stranded on the Ocean Viking, a rescue vessel operated by the French charities SOS Méditerranée and Médecins Sans Frontières.
The other 150 are on board the Open Arms, a Spanish rescue boat. source