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Italy Accuses French Border Cops of Wrongdoing in Drug Test

Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:38 AM

ROME (AP) — Italian officials on Saturday denounced French border agents for allegedly entering a northern Italian train station facility to force a Nigerian migrant to give a urine sample for a drug test.

The humanitarian group Rainbow4Africa, which helps migrants at the Bardonecchia crossing west of Turin, accused the five armed French border agents of entering the train station facility and intimidating its doctor, cultural mediators and lawyers on Friday night.

Bardonecchia Mayor Francesco Avato said the French had no right to enter the facility, which he said the city operates with Rainbow4Africa as a "neutral" space to try to persuade migrants not to make the dangerous Alpine crossing into France.

A volunteer who witnessed the incident told Sky TG24 that the Nigerian had Italian identity papers, a valid Paris-Naples train ticket and that his urine test was negative.

The French interior ministry spokesman didn't immediately return calls and text messages seeking comment.

Former Premier Enrico Letta denounced the "raid" as the latest error committed by one of Italy's partners in Europe's migration crisis.

"And Europe wonders about the outcome of Italy's election!" he tweeted, referring to the March 4 victory of right-wing, anti-immigrant forces who capitalized on Italians' anger over the influx of migrants and refusal of other European countries to take in a share of the migrants.

French and Austrian border patrol agents have stepped up checks along Italy's northern frontier to prevent migrants from entering their countries aboard trains, trucks or even on foot across the snow-covered mountains, an option that more and more desperate migrants are attempting despite the cold and the danger.

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