France and the UK signed a new agreement on Monday to work together to stop migrants crossing the Channel to England on small boats, which has caused great tensions between the two neighboring countries.
Under the agreement signed in Paris between French Interior Minister Gerald Darmannan and his British counterpart Suella Braverman, Britain will pay France 72.2 million euros (74.5 million dollars) in the years 2022-2023 , for the French authorities to increase the number of members of its security forces conducting patrols on the coasts of northern France by 40%, according to the French Interior Ministry.
And France announced on Sunday that some 142 migrants have been rescued while attempting to cross the “Manch” sea to reach Britain from the French coast in the past 24 hours.
Pas-de-Calais mayor Natacha Bouchard said in statements to the French news network BFMTV, that “about 14 attempts to cross the Channel were detected last night, Saturday, and several rescue operations were carried out”.
The Department of Maritime Operations in the Channel and the North Sea communicated – in a press release – that three rescue operations were carried out in less than 24 hours off the Pas de Calais, during which the lives of 142 migrants were saved. Migrants were brought in several French ports, where teams of ambulances and border police were waiting for them.
It should be noted that the number of migrants attempting to leave France for Great Britain via sea has increased significantly since the French authorities in 2018 tightened inspection procedures in both the port of Calais and the “Eurotunnel” – the tunnel that connects the two sides of the Channel, two structures that migrants used to cross Hiding in vehicles .
These crossings have increased despite repeated warnings from the authorities, which underline the danger of this type of migration due to the intense traffic in the canal and its strong water currents, and the low temperature of its waters.
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