Europe 1 radio station reported that Paris is planning to deploy the elite Alpine Hunters regiment to its eastern frontier
FILE PHOTO. A French police officer patrols at the French-Italian border in Menton. © BORIS HORVAT / AFP
France is reportedly deploying troops to its border with Italy in response to a recent surge in migrant arrivals in the neighboring nation, according to Europe 1 radio station. Italian media sources have additionally noted the presence of a French helicopter patrolling the frontier region and the sighting of a special police anti-terrorism unit in the area.
In its report on Tuesday, Europe 1 claimed that troops from the elite Alpine Hunters regiment will be deployed to patrol the mountains in the Roya Valley. Additionally, 60 police reservists will be called up to reinforce the security forces already present in the area, the media outlet reported without disclosing its sources.
The radio station claimed that the Alpes-Maritimes department has put forth a request to establish an extra holding facility that can accommodate up to 100 detained migrants temporarily. Additionally, the French General Directorate for Internal Security is said to be dispatching its personnel to conduct interviews with individuals caught attempting illegal border crossings. Europe 1 suggested that this measure is primarily intended to prevent the entry of potential terrorists into France.