France will impose tighter controls on its borders ahead of next month’s U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Friday.
France’s move to “close its borders for several weeks,” as Cazeneuve called it, does not mean that people cannot come into France from other European countries during this period. Rather they can enter the country after being subjected to stricter border control measures.
The interior minister explained the action in the “context of a terrorist threat or risk of disruption to public order.”
The Schengen Area agreement mandates open borders around Europe for 26 European Union nations, but Cazeneuve told CNN affiliate BFMTV that France won’t be violating the treaty because countries that have signed it can take such measures for “particular circumstances.”