Two babies flying into France at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport have been trapped in the terminal with their parents after they were refused permission to enter the country because of the new COVID-19 safety measures.
Local media report that the babies, including one that is just a month old, together with their families are being held in a waiting area at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport.
The move revealed on Tuesday (19th May) reportedly caused outrage with migrant rights activists, who have slammed the border police’s move as disproportionate.
Laure Palun, the head of the ANAFE (Association Nationale d’Assistance aux Frontieres pour les Etrangers; National Association of Border Assistance for Foreigners) organisation, told local media that there was a “one-month-old baby who arrived on Sunday from Portugal with his Portuguese mother and his Cape Verdean father, and a 16-month-old baby who arrived with his Mexican mother.”
The organisation stated: “It is a place of confinement. The confinement of children must stop.”
Seized on the grounds of a “serious infringement of fundamental freedoms”, in particular because of the Portuguese nationality of one of the babies, which is supposed to guarantee it freedom of movement in the European Union, the administrative court of Montreuil, in the Paris suburbs , rejected on Tuesday the family’s request to enter France.
There are currently 20 people in the waiting area including those being refused entry because of the new safety rules regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The court reportedly stated: “The interested parties are not part of the exceptions defined beforehand” by the government to exempt certain people of the measures set up since the state of health emergency was declared and the conditions of entry at the borders were strengthened.
The lawyer of one of the families, Quentin Dekimpe, protested the order, saying that the children “have nothing to do in a waiting area.” He added that making them wait in a waiting area was “completely useless”.
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