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France: Five Afghans just arrived are already under surveillance

As soon as they landed on French soil, five Afghans were notified of their placement under increased surveillance, as part of the prevention of Islamist terrorism.

Published: August 24, 2021, 11:15 am

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    The police are used to seeing contradictory orders or decisions passed in France by the Macron administration, but a few days after the promise of migratory caution from the President of the Republic, it appears that Macron is once again all talk and no substance.

    “We must anticipate and protect ourselves against significant irregular migratory flows,” Macron had said on August 16. “Europe alone cannot assume the consequences of the current situation,” he added.

    On Sunday, August 22 in the morning, the instructions of the Ministry of the Interior were very clear however. The national police must follow the border police (PAF) recommendation, and issue a “MICAS” to five Afghans upon their arrival on French territory. Four arrived on Sunday, the last one in the night from Sunday to Monday.

    What is a “MICAS”? An individual measure of administrative control and surveillance, which therefore designates house orders issued in order to prevent the potential commission of acts of terrorism. The surveillance, a costly affair, will be charged to the French taxpayers.

    One Afghan particularly caught the attention of the authorities: “even if this person greatly assisted in the evacuation of the French embassy, we believe that he may be linked to the Taliban.” explained French Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin to AFP.

    This man admitted his membership to the movement and admitted having carried arms as the person in charge of a Taliban roadblock in Kabul. “Faced with the extremely strong difficulties of being able to carry out security checks on the persons to be repatriated”, the French authorities “have agreed to take this person and his family”, added the minister.

    Upon his arrival in France this weekend, he was notified to MICAS, as were three of his relatives “for the time being not directly suspected”. As for the fifth man, “we saw after a DGSI investigation that he had links with these people although he had come separately”, said the minister.

    When the flight arrived in Abu Dhabi, the Directorate General of Internal Surveillance (DGSI) “did the job it could not do in Kabul” by conducting security interviews, Darmanin said. “I have not had other feedback from the DGSI” as to other nationals who may be affected by such measures, he added. “However, we are extremely careful”.

    “The government must explain to the French what would prevent these individuals from being expelled in absolute urgency,” said Xavier Bertrand, right-wing presidential candidate, on Twitter.

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