Italy's government has said France's Macron should not dictate how Europe handled migration (Image: GETTY)
Amelie de Montchalin denied the plot was built on Mr Macron’s desire for greater power in the bloc as she hit out at “dangerous” populist movements springing up across Europe. The 34-year-old will have a friend in Ursula von der Leyen, the new European commission president, as she tries to overcome resistance from less-liberal EU leaders who those who are wary of Mr Macron’s ideals.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Mrs de Montchalin said EU states need to be more on the same page when it comes to immigration policy and accept their fair share of newcomers arriving on Europe’s shores.
She said: “Immigration is not about being hard or being soft - it’s about being responsible and showing solidarity.
“Being responsible in having frontiers and borders which are controlled, which are not fences, but which are controlled to organise to know who is coming to Europe.
“And then to show solidarity because the migration flows cannot be only dealt with and managed by the countries of first entry.
Ireland’s Europe minister Helen McEntee meets with Mrs de Montchalin on the Northern Ireland border (Image: PA)
Mrs de Montchalin hit out at populist movements for their 'dangerous' ideas (Image: PA)
“We cannot let only Spain, Italy, Malta and Cyrus having to deal with the migration because if we do so we create what we know at the moment populist movement, which because it’s not managed and organised with solidarity and responsibility have freeway to have very dangerous ideas.”
Her comments come