France reintroduces EU border controls: Sarkozy

13th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, July 13 (AFP) - France has activated a clause in the Schengen open borders agreement enabling it to reintroduce border controls within the European Union, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday.

BRUSSELS, July 13 (AFP) - France has activated a clause in the Schengen open borders agreement enabling it to reintroduce border controls within the European Union, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday.

"If we don't reinforce border controls when around 50 people die in London, I don't know when I would do it," Sarkozy said on the sidelines of a meeting of EU interior ministers.

France has used the clause in the past, mainly for major sporting and political events, but Sarkozy said it was activated this time in response to the London bombings last Thursday in which at least 52 people were killed.

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