İrem UZUN -TDO- President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday called for a strengthening of border controls in the European Union’s Schengen zone following recent attacks in France and Austria. “I am in favor of an in-depth re-foundation of Schengen to re-think its organization and beef up our common border security,” Macron added.
Macron, speaking during a visit to France’s border with Spain, said France alone will bolster its border controls by doubling police numbers to 4,800. The increased controls would target illegal immigration amid “a growing terrorism threat”, he said. The president said he would present proposals to European Union partners at an EU summit in December.
Europe is reeling from two attacks in the past week that involved assailants who moved freely between Schengen member states. On October 29, a Tunisian man killed three people in a church in Nice. Brahim Aouissaoui had arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, which lies off North Africa, five weeks earlier. After being transferred to the mainland, Aouissaoui travelled into France by train hours before launching his attack. The jihadist who killed four people in Vienna on Monday travelled to neighboring Slovakia in July in an attempt to buy ammunition, Austrian officials said. Macron said the recent attacks were a warning to Europe that "the terrorist risk is everywhere".