Migrants who’ve been forced across the Franco-Italian border have accused the French police of being racists and treating them badly.
Reporters from the Italian newspaper Il Giornale spoke with several migrants along the border including a man named Hamid who claimed that French police had forced him back across the border into Italy while hurling insults at him.
Hamid told reporters, “When the French police understood that I am Algerian, they started insulting me in Arabic.”
“They told me ‘Fuck your mother’. They are racists,” he added.
A report from France’s National Borders Assistance for Foreigners (Anafé) has also accused the police of racism claiming that train “passengers are subdivided and selected on the basis of ‘external’ signs, such as skin color, ‘smell’, clothing”.