POLITICAL SCAN - In the face of growing criticism of the identification of migrants in emergency shelters, the executive assures that this control will not be coercive.
After the controversy, mine clearance. Asked about France Info about the circular of December 12, which states that "mobile teams" will be sent to emergency shelters to identify foreigners,a Minister of European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau gave a reading less repressive of this text, which unleashes associations of aid to undocumented migrants.
"These are not patrols, insisted the minister on Tuesday. They are agents of the prefecture and the French Office of Immigration and Integration who will go to the accommodation centers to examine, for those who accept, who will not force anyone, their administrative situation. And to insist: there will be "no obligation to answer", "it is not a census, but an examination, a proposal".
"Convocations in prefecture" for the recalcitrant
"It will not be coercive," says the Department of the Interior. "Public officials will not be able to stop migrants, carry out identity checks, or put people on the street," adds a ministerial advisor.
In recent days, several associations have slammed the door of discussions with the Ministry of the Interior to denounce a "sort", a liberticidal text. For its part, Defender Jacques Toubon denounced an infringement of "fundamental rights".
The government has decided to bring down the temperature. "This circular takes exaggerated proportions, we must clear the thing," says a government source. Nevertheless, the shift in communication does not blur the repressive dimensions of the text. Thus, if the people interviewed in the shelters refuse to cooperate, "procedures" can be initiated against them, one explains in a ministerial cabinet, as a "convocation to the prefecture for an examination more complete of their file ".