The Latest: Migrant group says far-right occupied France HQ
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s response to mass migration (all times local):
A humanitarian group that operates a migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea says its headquarters in France was briefly occupied by far-right militants.
SOS Mediterranee tweeted Friday afternoon that its employees in the port city of Marseille were safe. It said police responded.
Local newspaper La Provence reported that people affiliated with French nationalist group Generation Identitaire (Identity) held red flares and a banner accusing SOS Mediterranee of being an “accomplice” in human trafficking.
The aid group’s Aquarius ship is in Marseille awaiting a new flag after Panama’s maritime authority removed the ship’s registration.
SOS Mediterranee has called on citizens to gather in about 30 European cities Saturday to support the Aquarius.
The European Union says it has signed an agreement with Albania allowing EU border guards to enter the Balkan country to help control migrants, the first time the bloc has concluded such an accord.
EU headquarters said Friday that the agreement is “aimed at tackling irregular migration, in particular sudden changes in migratory flows, and cross-border crime.”
Albania, which is not in the EU, has become a preferred route for migrants moving toward northern Europe from Greece and Bulgaria since Serbia tightened border controls.
The border guards could enter Albania, if Tirana agrees, and would be armed. They would not operate under Albanian law and could not be searched.
EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the accord “is a milestone in the EU’s external cooperation on border management.”