MEP France insubordinate Manon Aubry was denied access to the Menton border police reception center on Thursday. “The police do not want us to see the conditions in which dozens of migrants are locked up,” she said indignantly.
Visit impossible for the MEP, Manon Aubry, who wanted to visit the reception center of the Border Police (PAF) of Menton in the Alpes-Maritimes, Thursday, October 31. Armed with her mandate as MP, the elected representative of France insubordinate (LFI) intended to visit those held on the premises of the PAF to realize the conditions of detention as it has the right. She was denied entry.
Special feature of the elected representatives of the Republic and MEPs, they can at any time ask to visit a place of deprivation of liberty: prison, waiting area, detention center. And yet Manon Aubry, MEP, was banned the visit of the Post Menton where migrants migrate to the Italian border. “The police do not want us to see the conditions in which dozens of migrants cross the Italian border, especially people who are locked up there for hours without really knowing what is happening.“ she lamented.
PAF, refusing entry, is it outlaw? The case is more complex. The authorities have decided to play on the words: for them, the Post of Menton is not a detention center but a safe area for refugees. “There is a text that says that deputies are allowed to visit police premises, detention centers, waiting areas … But since this place does not have this status, even if there are has people locked up, it's one of the only places where no one can look, even the elected ones“says Agnès Leroll, CAFI, Coordination of actions at the internal borders.
The ban on the entry of elected officials in these places would have been the subject of an internal memo from the Central Directorate of the Border Police.