ROME – The latest in the dispute between Italy and France over action by French border guards at an Italian train station (all local times):
French authorities say armed French border guards have one Northern Italian railway station allowed to enter because they allegedly forced a Nigerian migrant to administer urine sample for a drug test
The French Ministry of Finance, which is charged with overseeing border guards, says agents suspect the Nigerian, an Italian, in a train Friday from Paris to Milan was to carry drugs. The ministry says the man agreed to do a drug test, carried out in a facility of the Italian Bardonnechia railway station.
It states that the French agents could use the place in accordance with a 1990 agreement.
French authorities say they are prepared to discuss the situation with the Italian authorities to "avoid any incident in the future".
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it has requested French Ambassadors after the French border patrol for consultations According to an ambassador from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who spoke on condition of anonymity, because the consultations are not yet completed, the ambassador was summoned on Saturday afternoon.
The Rainbow4Africa humanitarian group, which helps migrants cross Bardonecchia west of Turin, accused the five French armed border guards of intimidating their doctor, cultural mediators and their colleagues. D) Lawyers in the facility on Friday evening
The mayor of Bardonecchia, Francesco Avato, said the French had no right to enter the complex and said the city was working with Rainbow4Africa as a "neutral" space to convince migrants of the dangerous Alpine crossing to France
– By Nicole Winfield in Rome
Italian officials denounced French border guards for allegedly invading a northern Italian station building to force a Nigerian (19659005) The humanitarian group Rainbow4Africa, the migrants at the Crossing Bardonecchia west of Turin helps accused the five b French border guards were allowed to enter the train station and intimidate their doctor, cultural mediator, and lawyers on Friday night.
Bardonecchia Mayor Francesco Avato said on Saturday that the French had no right to enter the facility, which he said the city works with Rainbow4 Africa as a "neutral" space to convince migrants not to make the dangerous crossing of the Alps to France.
A volunteer who witnessed the incident told Sky TG24 that the Nigerian had Italian identity documents, a valid Paris-Naples ticket and (19659005) Former Prime Minister Enrico Letta condemned the "raid" as the recent mistake of an Italian partner in the European migration crisis.
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