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France boosts surveillance to stem flow of migrants to Britain

 

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FILE PHOTO: French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner attends a ceremony at the Police Prefecture in Paris, France, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

 

PARIS (Reuters) - France will tighten security at its northern ports and increase surveillance along beaches to counter the rise in migrants trying to cross the English Channel to reach Britain, its interior minister said on Friday.

 

More than 500 migrants, most Iranian, tried to cross the narrow stretch of water, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, during 2018, French Interior Ministry data showed.

 

Some 276 migrants reached British waters while the French authorities thwarted the attempts of another 228. More than 80 percent of the crossings were attempted in December.

 

"This action plan must enable us to put an end to these crossings of the Channel which are not only illegal but also dangerous," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said in a statement.

 

"It is in our interests, as well as British interests, to do everything possible to prevent the development of new trafficking routes that might attract illegal migrants to our coast once again."

 

In late October 2016, France razed a sprawling migrant camp outside the northern port of Calais that served as a launch pad for migrants seeking to enter Britain hidden in trucks, trains and ferries.

 

The numbers trying to reach Britain increased sharply last year compared with 2017 but remained a tiny fraction of those regularly attempting to reach European Union territory by crossing the Mediterranean from northern Africa and Turkey.

 

Nonetheless, the Channel crossings have put pressure on the British government amid a charged political atmosphere less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU after a referendum in which immigration was a major theme.

 

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said HMS Mersey, a Royal Navy offshore patrol vessel, was deploying to the Dover-Calais straits to stem the flow of migrants. The waterway is just 21 miles (33.8 km) wide at its narrowest point.

 

 
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1 hour ago, bizboi said:

In the past France has done very little to prevent illegal migrants reaching the UK - as the poster stated if it wants to help illegal crossings of the channel it must stop them entering France - the fact that it does not shows little care of migrants entering the UK illegally - also are you sure pathology is the right word here!! maybe look it up in a dictionary!!

Brexiters do seem to have a pathological dislike for all thing European.

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8 minutes ago, vogie said:

I'll think you'll find that most brexiteers do indeed like Europe immensely, just not too keen on dictatorships though.

And how does that relate to France stepping up surveillance at North Sea ports? Is France a dictatorship? Maybe that's an answer to Seaborne Freight? They're looking for ships!

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I stand by #2. Casual observers can draw their own conclusion re the baiting and pers attacks that followed.

 

 

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1 hour ago, bizboi said:

Te article you refer has NOTHING to do with immigration controls only customs and excise checks - Macron himself was quoted on several occasions as saying “France should seek to flood the UK with its Calais migrants".

 

https://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-bad-news-for-britain-border-dover-calais/

 

It is NOT narcissistic nationalism to want to protect your own borders how ridiculous!! Only a militant whingeing snowflake would believe such a thing!! Especially when it is compared to the immigration controls that other countries have - the country you're posting from in this thread being a very good example.

 

I do however agree with you on your last paragraph totally!! But would ask what is the alternative? Open borders that Corbyn is proposing?? The trouble with the UK is we have two very bad parties the one iN Government being slightly better than the opposition!! 

"A militant whingeing snowflake.."

 

Something doesn't compute here.

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We, in France- as well as in other western countries- fail to fight against lucrative human trafficking - our weakness resides in our democratic laws, human rights and other "humanitarian considérations" - Once illegals are in it's almost impossible to get rid of them. The sittuation in France is worse than anywhere else for being the last stop before crossing the Channel, the migratory pressure is only on the French territory, and the financial cost is colossal

In 2014 already: https://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/calais-crossing-an-inside-look-at-the-ugly-business-of-human-trafficking

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