One of the most dishonest arguments one hears against a border fence is that it "won't work." But when people actually want to protect something, they build a fence.
Case in point, the fiercely Establishmentarian government of Emmanuel Macron is going to build a border fence. Not to protect against "migrants" of course, as there as there is nothing that can be done against that. After all, France is currently opposing the Italian government's efforts to stop immigration.
But to protect against swine flu, national governments can act unilaterally.
France will start putting up fencing along part of its border with Belgium this weekend to prevent wild boars spreading African swine fever, a virulent livestock disease that could disrupt Europe's large pig industry.
France has been on alert for African swine fever since Belgium detected the virus last month among wild boars a few kilometers from the French border.
Belgium decided to slaughter several thousand pigs in its contaminated zone to prevent the virus reaching farm herds, but it is already facing embargos on its pork exports from countries like South Korea and China, which is also grappling with an outbreak of the disease.
French authorities have banned hunting and other activities in a border zone and the prefecture in the Meurthe-et-Moselle region will start installing fencing on Saturday, a prefecture official and a hunting association said on Friday.
The fencing would cover part of the border and be supported by repellent products on roads and other locations that could not be fenced off, Patrick Massenet, head of the hunting federation of Meurthe-et-Moselle, said.
It was expected to take about a week to install the fencing, he added.
[Fearful of swine fever, France plans fence on Belgian border, Reuters, October 12, 2018]
Got that everyone? You can't prevent people from crossing borders. But obviously you can prevent microbes from doing it.
It's amazing how quickly a national government can act when it actually wants to.