This doubling of the staff was decided “due to an intensification of the threat”, following the recent attacks, including the one in Nice, Macron specified.
He was accompanied by French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin and Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune.
During the visit, Macron spoke in favor of a “deep” reform of the regulations of the Schengen area of free movement in the European Union (EU).
“I want a resettlement of the Schengen (space) and more control,” he said.
Macron announced that he would present “the first proposals in this regard (to the summit) of the European Council” in December.
However, the French head of state considered that an amendment to the French Constitution is not “justified”, in order to face the “terrorist” threat.
“We will give the laws that are necessary, if they correspond to the identified needs (…), but the situation does not justify the change of the Constitution” of France, said Macron, under pressure in this regard by the leaders of the right and the extreme right.