A shipwreck leaves thirty dead in the English Channel


Migratory drama

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In addition, two people have been rescued and four suspected traffickers have been arrested. The migrants were heading to the UK.

The death toll from the sinking of a boat of migrants crossing the English Channel bound for the United Kingdom has risen to 31, French Interior Minister GĂ©rald Darmanin said on Wednesday.

Among those killed near the coast of Calais there are five women and a girl, he added in a brief statement to the press, where he specified that two people have been rescued “heroically” by the forces of order and four suspected traffickers. they have been arrested.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has asked his European counterparts for an immediate reinforcement of the Frontex agency’s means at the external borders of the European Union and for an “emergency meeting” of the ministers in charge of this migration challenge.

“France will not let La Mancha become a cemetery. Trafficking networks endanger lives and challenge who we are. We owe it to the victims, to the orphans, to the families. We owe it to ourselves,” he said in a statement.

Macron has urged to accelerate the dismantling of these “criminal networks” together with Great Britain, Belgium, Holland and Germany: “If we do not expand our efforts from today, there will be other tragedies,” he added.

The president has indicated in his statement that since the beginning of the year, thanks to the mobilization of 600 policemen and gendarmes, 44 networks have been dismantled and 1,552 people involved in this trafficking have been arrested.

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Despite the deployment of security, they have since been registered 47,000 attempts to reach the UK. The forces of order have rescued 7,800 migrants in that time, Macron added in that statement, where he stressed that Europe “is in mourning” for what happened today.

Boris Johnson says France can do more

For his part, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has urged France to take greater measures to prevent the crossing of migrants to the United Kingdom through the English Channel.

Today’s “disaster,” he told the media at his official Downing Street residence, “shows how vital it is to step up efforts to crack down on the business model of gangsters who are sending people away in this way. across the sea “.

Furthermore, the British Prime Minister has suggested that the Gallic Government has not taken all the steps which he considers necessary to avoid the departure of small boats from the French shores.

“We have had difficulty persuading some of our partners, particularly the French, to do things the way we think this situation requires,” he said.

The reproaches between the respective authorities are mutual, since the French denounce that the labor market in the United Kingdom has a disturbing effect called because there people without papers can work easily.


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