France Backs An EU Proposal to Redistribute Refugees Evenly Among Member Countries

France Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday, France backs an EU proposal to redistribute refugees more evenly among member countries. The plan, to be unveiled this week by the European Union's executive Commission, will call for a quota system to ease the burden on the region's southern states, notably Italy. Rome is clamoring for more EU help to deal with thousands of migrants reaching Europe by boat from Libya, and pressure for action intensified last month when around 800 drowned after a Mediterranean shipwreck. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban described it as a "mad idea" on Friday.