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France stops all Italian trains carrying north African immigrants
Date 18/04/2011 14:28  Author webmaster  Hits 1221  Language Global
18 APR 2011

France on Sunday prevented all trains carrying illegal immigrants entering its borders from Italy.

By Peter Allen | Sunday Telegraph

In dramatic scenes in Menton, in south east France, border guards including riot police halted hundreds of mainly North African men who have crossed from Libya and Tunisia.

The trains, on which they travelled and which also contained political activists calling for better rights for immigrants, were attempting to cross from the nearby Italian border station of Ventimiglia.

"Our orders are to cancel all services from Italy," said a spokesman for the French national train operator SNCF.

He said the trains had been stopped on the orders of the Alpes-Maritimes Prefecture "until further notice".

The Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, directed his embassy in Paris to lodge a protest with France.

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