LIVE – Shipwreck of migrants off Calais: 31 dead and two survivors in critical condition

DRAMA – 31 migrants died this Wednesday off Calais while trying to reach England. An emergency meeting will be organized Thursday morning in Matignon.

TWO SURVIVORS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

Special envoy to Calais, our journalist Vincent Lamhaut, states that the research is now over. “It’s too hard to continue after dark,” he explains, indicating that only two people survived the shipwreck. “Their condition is really critical. They are in severe hypothermia.”

While it is possible that other shipwrecks are still missing, rescuers are pessimistic about their chances of survival given the freezing water temperature.

NEVER AGAIN

“On the French side, I think we will ensure that the jungle does not recover itself, which facilitates the work of the smugglers,” said Didier Leschi, director of the French immigration office, on Wednesday night at LCI, while an inter-ministerial meeting is to be held on Thursday morning.

TESTIMONY OF A SAVIOR

“It’s hard to talk about it like that, but I expected it,” Charles Devos, the commander of the Calais lifeboat, which collected six of the 31 at sea, told the press Wednesday night. migrants sacrifice for the deadliest wandering shipwrecks in the English Channel.

“We passed next to a completely emptied rubber boat, the little air that was left helped it to flow. We found six bodies in operation. The rest was the collection,” said the rescuer at the port of Calais.

“We’re getting used to it, but it’s still shocking, especially at the child level,” adds this head of the star Notre-Dame-du-Risban, of the National Society for Rescue at Sea (SNSM) in Calais. “Last week, there was a lady with her three-month-old baby screaming in her arms … it’s all hard,” recalls Charles Devos, who is now regularly on the bridge to rescue migrants.

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THE STARTING POINT

Since the beginning of the year, 31,500 crossing trials have been registered there.

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BORDERS

“I hear the words of Gerald Darmanin, who accuses the smugglers. They certainly have a role. But what other choice do these people have to leave their country than to summon smugglers?” asks this Wednesday night at LCI, the former mayor of Grande- Synthe Damien Carême. “Wherever we set boundaries, barbed wire, where there is no legal way of migration, we use networks of smugglers,” the MEP EELV said, calling for borders to be opened for legal migration.

“Europe needs to put all its emphasis on Britain to organize migration routes and sanctions that could fall behind if Britain refuses.”

TWO SURVIVORS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

Special envoy to Calais, our journalist Vincent Lamhaut, states that the research is now over. “It’s too hard to continue after dark,” he explains, indicating that only two people survived the shipwreck. “Their condition is really critical. They are in severe hypothermia.”

While it is possible that other shipwrecks are still missing, rescuers are pessimistic about their chances of survival given the freezing water temperature.

MICHEL BARNIER AT 20H DE TF1

The candidate for the LR nomination for the presidential election was Gilles Boulot’s guest. He talked about the shipwreck.

THANKS

On Twitter, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin wanted to pay tribute to the commitment of all the staff mobilized by the tragedy.

TESTIMONY

“I’m trying to call, no one answers. I have not heard from them.” At the microphone on TF1, the volunteer from an association who had delivered clothes on Tuesday to the migrants who died on Wednesday in the sinking of their boat expressed his great grief and concern.

RESPONSIBILITY

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin went there in the evening, calling for a “very harsh international response”, calling the smugglers “primarily responsible for this heinous situation”.

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REACTION FROM EMMANUEL MACRON

“France will not allow the canal to become a cemetery,” Emmanuel Macron said Thursday after at least 31 migrants died in the canal, calling for “immediate strengthening of the Frontex agency’s resources at the EU’s external borders,” according to the Élysée.

The Head of State also calls for “an urgent meeting of European Ministers affected by the migration challenge” and ensures that “everything will be done to find and condemn those responsible” for this tragedy.

A meeting must already take place on this topic on Thursday at 8.30 in Matignon, where in particular the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of the Navy Annick Girardin, the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly gather. Jean Castex will attend this video conference meeting, being in isolation following his contamination with Covid-19.

Urgent

GOVERNMENT MEETING TOMORROW

A meeting will take place on Thursday morning around Jean Castex and eight ministers, Matignon announced.

BORIS JOHNSON “DEEP DEATH”

Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he was “shocked, upset and deeply saddened” by the deaths of migrants, claiming he wanted to “do more” with France to counter illegal crossings.

“We had a hard time persuading some of our partners, especially the French, to react to the situation, but I understand the difficulties that all countries are facing and what we want now is to do more together,” he said. to Sky News after a crisis meeting.

UK CRISIS MEETING

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for an inter-ministerial crisis meeting, Downing Street has announced. “The Prime Minister will chair a COBR meeting on the situation in the Channel this afternoon,” his spokesman said.

“A TRAGEDY” BY JEAN CASTEX

At least 27 migrants died on Wednesday when their boat sank in the Channel off Calais, where Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin is expected in the evening.

This tragedy, described as a “tragedy” by Prime Minister Jean Castex, is the deadliest since the 2018 increase in migration crossings of the Channel in light of the growing closure of the port of Calais and the Eurotunnel, which until then was used by migrants trying to reach England.

Before this shipwreck, the death toll since the beginning of the year was three dead and four missing. In 2020, six people were killed and three others missing. Four deaths were recorded in 2019.

27 migrants died on Wednesday when their boat sank in the Channel off Calais while trying to reach Britain, French police said. This is the deadliest death toll since the soaring migration transitions of the canal in 2018, faced with the growing closure of the port of Calais and the Eurotunnel, which until then was used by migrants trying to reach England.

Following the publication of this news item, Jean Castex lamented one “tragedy”. “My thoughts go out to the many missing and wounded, victims of criminal smugglers who are exploiting their distress and misery”, he wrote on Twitter, specifying to follow the situation “in real time”. On the same social network, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin expressed his “strong emotions ahead of the drama of the many deaths due to the capsizing of a migrant boat in the English Channel”. “We can never say enough about the criminal nature of the smugglers who organize these crossings”, he says. He is expected at the scene tonight.

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Migrant crisis: deadly shipwreck off Calais

The macabre discovery made by a fisherman

“Around 2 p.m., a fisherman reported the discovery of about fifteen bodies floating off Calais. A French naval vessel found several bodies, including five dead and five unconscious, according to a preliminary report.”, had previously announced this same source. Meanwhile, that number has risen to 27 dead.

According to the Maritime Prefecture at the Channel and the North Sea, three helicopters and three boats are participating in the research.

Attempts to migrate across the Channel aboard small boats have doubled in the past three months, warned the Maritime Prefect of the Channel and North Sea, Philippe Dutrieux, last Friday in an interview with AFP. In 2020, six people were killed there and three were missing.

The Dunkirk prosecutor’s office told AFP that an investigation has been launched into “assistance for entry to irregular stay in an organized group” and “gross manslaughter”.

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A tragedy happening in the midst of heightened diplomatic tensions

This new tragedy risks further exacerbating tensions between France and England, which have lasted since 2018. The previous rise in fever dates back to September, when the British media had announced a threat not to pay France.62.7 million euros promised in 2021 to fund border controls. The United Kingdom has finally announced the next payment of this amount following a French reaction.

According to Maritime Prefect Philippe Dutrieux, about 15,400 migrants attempted the dangerous passage between January 1 and August 31, of which 3,500 were “got in trouble” in the strait and brought back to the French coast. In 2020, crosses and trials concerned about 9,500 people, compared to 2,300 in 2019 and 600 in 2018.

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