Alpes-Maritimes Migration Crisis: Estrosi’s Concerns

After the letter written by the president of the departmental council of the Alpes-Maritimes, Charles-Ange Ginésy, to Emmanuel Macron and Élisabeth Borne, concerning “the explosive migratory situation” at the Franco-Italian border, the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi wished to react. The elected official, vice-president of the Horizons party, sends Le Figaro a missive in which he denounces a department “which has completely disarmed itself on the social level” and where he points out “the scandalous situation of the departmental aid service to ‘childhood”.

Christian ESTROSI. – The expression “migratory surge” is excessive, as often. I ask, like many, that we strengthen the rules in order to stem the flows. It is clear that these are not family reunions as we have known them in the past. There is an increase in crossings at the Franco-Italian border. On this observation, I have constantly said in recent years as a right-wing man, who demands that we have better control of immigration, that we equip ourselves with stronger control and removal procedures. On this, there is no debate, I am in favor of sending a message of great firmness. Europe must better defend its borders, it is a matter of survival and civilization even for our continent.

Why did you decide to challenge the county council on the management of this crisis after its call for help?

In their communication, they explain to us that the issue of unaccompanied minors coming from abroad distorts child protection. They want to absolve themselves of their responsibilities in this matter. The reality is that the Alpes-Maritimes department has also reduced the number of places in children’s homes by 50%. However, they keep saying that they have exceptional finances… We all have to manage our financial balances to assume our skills. But I see that the department is doing a lot on its optional skills and even beyond. I am struck, shocked by the fact that we write to the President of the Republic to discard what we do not assume and by mixing genres. Yes, there are more border crossings, yes you have to control them better, but that does not allow you to drown the fish.

Would you go so far as to accuse them of instrumentalization for political ends? The finance commission of this community is still led by your opponent Éric Ciotti…

I’m not going to get into these playground debates. This should not be a matter of division but of lucidity. Let the department pull itself together! By dint of not incurring expenditure in the social field, this ends up having consequences on the cohesion of the lives of our fellow citizens. The problem will only get worse. We are talking about child protection, it is not nothing! The department must react, not only by inviting the prefect to carry out requisitions in our municipalities.

Are you eyeing the chair of the department, which you once headed?

Where until now I have hoped for it to be otherwise, if things do not change, I will ensure that we can take the majority.

The Republicans, and its president Éric Ciotti, are organizing their political comeback this Sunday near Nice. Do you think your former party is overzealous on the subject of immigration?

It was my family of origin, but there was a turning point with this kind of one-upmanship with the far right, where we left the path of Gaullism. I regret that certain government proposals in the field of immigration do not have the support of LRs. One-upmanship pushes excessively towards the far right and the denial of our values. However, I hope that one day, the conditions will be met for LR elected officials to participate in the reforms necessary for the country and to meet the major challenges to come. Either this meeting is a new provocation and one-upmanship, or it is a construction meeting, and I can only be delighted.

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