27 die in Channel’s deadliest migrant boat tragedy

Refugees warm themselves around a wood fire in the refugee camp in the port of Calais, France, on December 25, 2015. French authorities say 31,500 people have attempted to leave for Britain from France since the start of the year and 7,800 people have been rescued at sea. – EPA pic, November 25, 2021.

AT least 27 migrants trying to reach England from France died yesterday when their boat sank off the northern French coast, the deadliest disaster since the Channel became a hub for clandestine crossings.

President Emmanuel Macron vowed France would not allow the Channel to become a “cemetery” and also spoke to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to agree on stepping up efforts to thwart the traffickers blamed for the surge in crossings.

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