France to keep border checks as long as 'terrorist threat' lasts

A French police officer checks vehicles at the Franco-Italian border in Menton as part of security measures following the Paris attacks, in Menton, south eastern FranceFrance will maintain controls along all its borders with fellow EU countries for as long as the imminent threat of attacks remains, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Friday. “France will maintain the border controls it established last Friday as long as the terrorist threat makes it necessary,” Cazeneuve told a press conference after a crisis meeting with his EU counterparts following last week’s deadly Paris attacks. The Paris attacks in which 129 people died have raised troubling questions about border security in the Schengen zone, where citizens of 22 EU countries, plus non-EU Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein enjoy passport-free travel.

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