A man has been arrested by Italian police for allegedly smuggling migrants into France.
The 37-year-old, a resident of Nice, was arrested in Breil-sur-Roya, a French mountain hamlet close to the border, after being caught carrying eight Eritreans, including three women and two children, in his Citroen van, Italian police said in a statement on Wednesday.
The alleged people-smuggler was followed by police from Ventimiglia, an Italian border town which has become a migrant bottleneck.
Police said the man was already known to police in the area for his involvement with “no border” activist groups.
His arrest follows that of a Tunisian citizen, who was caught smuggling 28 migrants across the border, on July 13th.
Tensions over the migrant situation have grown at the border in recent weeks.
Source: The Local