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France and Britain seek answers while trading blame after migrant tragedy

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Britain said that the drownings highlighted how the efforts of French police to patrol their beaches and secure their northern border were inadequate.

“We have had difficulty persuading some of our partners, particularly the French, to do things in a way that we think the situation deserves,” Johnson said on Wednesday.

He repeated an offer to have joint British-French patrols of the northern French coast near Calais, from where Britain can be seen on a clear day and from where most migrants launch their bid to reach England’s shores.

Paris has previously resisted such calls. London has in the past threatened to cut financial support for France’s border policing if it fails to stem the flow.

The number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, has jumped in recent months after the British and French governments clamped down on other forms of illegal entry, such as hiding in the backs of trucks crossing from ports in France.

Darmanin accused London of “bad immigration management”.

Regaining control of Britain’s borders was a totem for Brexit campaigners ahead of the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Reuters witnessed one group of migrants emerging from the sand dunes near Wimereux, near Calais, before piling into an inflatable dinghy. The same group was seen landing hours later in Dungeness, southern England, having safely crossed the 30km stretch of water.


Britain said that the drownings highlighted how the efforts of French police to patrol their beaches and secure their northern border were inadequate.

“We have had difficulty persuading some of our partners, particularly the French, to do things in a way that we think the situation deserves,” Johnson said on Wednesday.

He repeated an offer to have joint British-French patrols of the northern French coast near Calais, from where Britain can be seen on a clear day and from where most migrants launch their bid to reach England’s shores.

Paris has previously resisted such calls. London has in the past threatened to cut financial support for France’s border policing if it fails to stem the flow.

The number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, has jumped in recent months after the British and French governments clamped down on other forms of illegal entry, such as hiding in the backs of trucks crossing from ports in France.

Darmanin accused London of “bad immigration management”.

Regaining control of Britain’s borders was a totem for Brexit campaigners ahead of the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Reuters witnessed one group of migrants emerging from the sand dunes near Wimereux, near Calais, before piling into an inflatable dinghy. The same group was seen landing hours later in Dungeness, southern England, having safely crossed the 30km stretch of water.

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