Barnier calls on France to ‘suspend immigration’ for up to five years

Michel Barnier has called on France to close its borders to immigrants for up to five years and to renegotiate the borderless Schengen agreement with other EU member states.

The former chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels made the comments during a televised interview with France TV on Tuesday in which he said: “We must suspend the immigration for 3 or 5 years and you have to discuss Schengen with our European partners.”

The Schengen agreement established in 1995 helped to facilitate a key pillar of the European Union, the principle of free movement. It allows for individuals to travel between EU member states without the need for identification following the abolition of all border controls.

Whilst having benefits when it comes to travel and the movement of goods, it also enables undocumented migrants to move undetected throughout Europe and gives criminals and terrorists greater opportunity to roam the continent evading authorities.

Politicians in France have struck a noticeably harder tone when commenting on immigration in recent times following the gaining popularity of nationalist firebrand Marine Le Pen in the polls.

And French military figures have once again warned of an impending civil war in the country as the bungling government of Europhile Emmanuel Macron fails to get a grip on the rising Islamism crisis.

The initial letter from the French generals came in the wake of the brutal murder of a female police worker last month in Rambouillet, as a Tunisian migrant screaming “Allahu Akbar” slashed her throat at the entrance of a police station.

Michel Barnier, who it is rumoured is considering a run at the French presidency in next year’s election has made a number of surprising remarks since stepping down from his role at the European Commission, including a speech given at a conference last month warning France it could follow Britain out of the EU if it does not learn the lessons of Brexit.

“We can find, not just in the UK, but here in France, in the northern and eastern regions… citizens who want to leave the EU,” admitted Barnier.

“They say the EU did not respond to legitimate desires of citizens, there is social unrest or anger, one might say, because there’s no protection of external borders, some people say, immigration flows are impacting us… and Europe is also often criticised for its red tape and complexity.”