An Italian Coast Guard boat approaches the French NGO "SOS Mediterranee" Aquarius ship as migrants are being transferred, in the Mediterranean Sea. File picture: Salvatore Cavalli/AP

Paris - France is not ready for now to allow the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius to dock and disembark dozens of migrants at the port of Marseille, France's finance minister said on Tuesday.

"For the moment it's 'no'," Bruno Le Maire said when asked during an interview on BFM news TV channel if Paris was ready to respond positively to a request from charities for permission to dock with 58 people aboard in the southern French port.

Migrants onboard the French NGO "SOS Mediterranee" Aquarius ship. File picture: Alberto Saiz/AP


More than 600 journalists cover the arrival of the NGO "SOS Mediterranee" Aquarius aid convoy ships, at the eastern port of Valencia, Spain, earlier this year. Picture: Alberto Saiz/AP

Ships were supposed to get docking access at the nearest port under European rules, said Le Maire, adding that Marseille was not the nearest. 

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is not ready for now to allow the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius to dock and disembark dozens of migrants at the port of Marseille, France's finance minister said on Tuesday.

"For the moment it's 'no'," Bruno Le Maire said when asked during an interview on BFM news TV channel if Paris was ready to respond positively to a request from charities for permission to dock with 58 people aboard in the southern French port.

Migrants onboard the French NGO "SOS Mediterranee" Aquarius ship. File picture: Alberto Saiz/AP


More than 600 journalists cover the arrival of the NGO "SOS Mediterranee" Aquarius aid convoy ships, at the eastern port of Valencia, Spain, earlier this year. Picture: Alberto Saiz/AP

Ships were supposed to get docking access at the nearest port under European rules, said Le Maire, adding that Marseille was not the nearest. 

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