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Immigration: France

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met his French counterpart to discuss immigration issues; and if he will make a statement. (291623)

The UK and French Governments maintain regular contact in the area of immigration. I met with Eric Besson, the French Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Solidarity-based Development at the UK-France summit in Evian on 6 July 2009, where we both committed to further action to combat illegal immigration, including through strengthening security at the shared border and taking resolute action to reduce the pull factors for illegal immigrants and criminal networks.