France belt for European aid after 27 migrants killed at sea

CALAIS, France (AP) – President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday appealed to neighboring European countries To do more to stop illegal migration in France after at least 27 people died trying the English Channel over to stab.

Macron said that when migrants arrive on French Coasts with hopes of on the way to Britain “it is” already too late.”

Speaking a day after the deadliest migration tragedy to date on the dangerous sea route die France and Britain separate, Macron said France deploys army drones as part of stepped-up attempts to patrol the northern French coast and help rescue migrants at sea.

But he also said France is a “transit country” for migrants die aim for for Britain and that a greater collective effort is needed.

“We need strengthen cooperation with Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, but also the British and the (European) Commission,” he said on a visit to Croatia. “We need stronger European cooperation.”

The French leader described the dead in Wednesday sinks like “victims” of the worst system, Which of people smugglers and people smugglers.”

France has never mobilized so many officers against illegal migration and its commitment is”total,” he said. But he also made clear that it wants more help.

“When this women and men arrive on the coasts of the english channel it is already too late,” he said.

The French prosecutors’ office charge met with investigation into the sinking said the dead including 17 men, seven women and two boys and one girl thought she was teenagers. Magistrates Investigated Possible Charges of manslaughter, accidental injury, aiding illegal migration and criminal conspiracy, the prosecutors’ office said.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said: children and pregnant women belonged to the dead.

He announced the arrest of a fifth suspected smuggler would have been involved. He said authorities are in the process of determining the nationalities of the victims. Two survivors were treated for hypothermia. One is Iraqi, the other Somali, Darmanin said.

In their immediate reaction to the sinking, the French authorities initially gave slightly different figures on the numbers of dead, from a minimum of 27 to 31. The number Darmanin used on Thursday morning on RTL radio was 27.

Darmanin on Wednesday had already announced the arrest of four suspected smugglers on suspicion of attached to the sunken boat. He told RTL that a fifth suspected smuggler has been picked up ‘at night.

The fifth suspect was driving in An vehicle registered in Germany, Darmanin said. He said criminal groups in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain are behind peoplesmuggling networks.

He also called on die countries work better together in the battle against people smugglers, die say they don’t always fully respond to French court requests for information.

Britain and France must work together. We must no longer be in effect, the only ones die in be able to fight the smugglers,” the minister said.

“The smugglers buy boats, Zodiacs, in Germany with cash,” he added. “The Smuggler die was arrested at night, has German registration numbers; he bought his Zodiacs in Germany.”

The minister also took a swipe at british government migration policy, saying France is expelling more people living in the country without legal clearance other than the UK Illegal migration from the north coast of France to Britain has long been a source of tension between the two countries, with both sides blame each other, even if their police forces work together to try to prevent unseaworthy boats from crossing the English Channel. The issue is often used by politicians on both sides are pushing an anti-migration agenda.

“Clearly Immigration is Poorly Managed in Britain,” Darmanin said.

He also suggested that by in to rent people living in the country is illegal, British employers encourage illegal migration to the English coasts.

“English employers use this labor to make the things die the English manufacture and consume,” he said. “We say you reform your labour” market. Tell UK employers that we need that they net be as patriotic as the conservative government.”

Increasing numbers of people fleeing conflict of poverty in Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Eritrea of elsewhere risk the dangerous journey in small, unseaworthy vessel from France, in the hope that win asylum of find better opportunities in Britain. The crossings have tripled this year compared met 2020.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Macron spoke after Wednesday’s tragedy and agreed “it is vital to preserve everything” options on the table to stop these deadly crossings and the business model of the criminal gangs behind them,” Johnson’s office said.

Macron called for an immediate funding increase for the European Union Border Agency, Frontex, and an emergency meeting of European government ministers, according to his office.

“France will not allow the Channel to become a cemetery,” Macron said.


John Leicester reported from Le Pecq.


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