As a French frigate returned the bodies of 18 drowned African migrants it had fished out of the sea near Malta, France’s new immigration minister, Brice Hortefeux, was full of fury.
Not, of course, at the immorality of Europe’s border controls, which
cause so many unnecessary deaths, but at the people-smugglers he holds responsible.
Of course, there are some nasty characters who profit
from people’s despair. But the only reason people need to resort to
them in the first place is because it is impossible for Africans to come work in Europe
Such vile hypocrisy from Hortefeux – and indeed from his boss, Nicolas Sarkozy, who must thank his lucky stars that France was more welcoming to his foreign father than he now is to others trying to cross borders in search of a better life.