France has slipped on the UK’s “minimal” contribution to stopping migrants crossing the Channel after the latest devastating tragedy.
Ahead of talks with Priti Patel, Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin called for closer cooperation, warning smugglers were promising desperate asylum seekers an “Ed Dorado” of jobs and benefits in the UK. United.
Other French politicians have condemned Britain for failing to put in place formal asylum channels and for making it too easy to get work and accommodation on arrival. There were also claims that “mafia bosses” involved in human trafficking lived in “beautiful villas” in London.
The beards came as Immigration Minister Kevin Foster made it clear that the UK was ready to supplement the £ 54million funding already pledged to help France manage its border.
In a series of interviews, Mr Foster reiterated that personnel and helicopters were also available to help address emerging issues on the coast – although President Emmanuel Macron has so far dismissed the idea of joint patrols on French soil.
More and more people making the perilous journey across the Channel have been disembarked in the UK after the deadliest day of the current migrant crisis.
A group wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets were seen crammed into an RNLI lifeboat before disembarking at Dover this morning, just a day after a lifeboat capsized off Calais, killing dozens.
Ms Patel is due to brief MPs on the situation in a statement to the House of Commons later.
A group of people suspected of being migrants are brought to Dover, Kent, by the RNLI, following an incident on a small boat in the English Channel after 27 people were killed yesterday
Ahead of talks with Priti Patel, Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin called for closer cooperation, warning smugglers were promising desperate asylum seekers an “Ed Dorado” of jobs and benefits in the UK. United
Mr Darmanin told French radio RTL that the smugglers are “criminals, people who exploit the misery of others, women and children – there were pregnant women, children who died on this boat yesterday. .. and for a few thousand euros they promise them ‘El Dorado in England’.
“Unfortunately, this has been repeated every day for the past 20 years,” he said.
Mr. Darmanin also called for “more police, more cameras, more resources in general” to be devoted to the issue.
He underlined “sometimes heated discussions” with Ms Patel on UK support to France, which “remain minimal compared to the resources we are putting in place”.
Noting that more aid is on the table, Mr Foster said: “The first thing is to work with France.
“We have offered resources, we are happy to support their operations on the beach.
“We have already agreed to £ 54million, we are happy to consider doing more.
“We’re also prepared to offer resources beyond (that) – like yesterday, we deployed a helicopter at their request to help with the search and rescue operation, so we’re not just offering money. No one has an interest in this continuing.
Mr Foster added: “We are ready to offer support on the ground, we are ready to offer resources, we are ready to offer, literally, people to go there and help the French authorities.”
The chairman of the ports of Calais and Boulogne, Jean-Marc Puissesseau, told UKTN Breakfast that the “huge problem” of illegal migration via the English Channel could only be solved by the UK in collaboration with the European authorities .
“It’s a huge problem. For 20 years we have had migrants arriving in Calais with only one wish: to arrive in your country ”, he declared.
“And it is really time for Europe and the UK together to try to solve the problem together.”
he deputy for Calais said calls for increased patrols on France’s beaches were a “crazy solution” to the migrant crisis.
Pierre-Henri Dumont told UKTN Breakfast: “I think it’s time for our two governments to stop blaming each other and try to talk to each other and come up with real solutions, not some crazy solution like having more in addition to people patrolling, send the British army to the French coast.
“This is not acceptable and will not change anything.”
When asked what to do, he said migrants should be allowed to seek asylum outside the UK, but that it should be “harder” to find a job or a job. accommodation on arrival.
The deputy added: “What I can assure you is that having more money or more police officers patrolling the French coast will not change anything because we have 200 to 300 km of coast to watch 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
“It only takes five to 10 minutes for the smugglers to take a boat and set sail for the migrants, when the migrants are in the UK it is too late, they will find a way to cross.”
Another French politician said the heads of human trafficking networks who live comfortable lives in the UK must be arrested.
Franck Dhersin, vice-president of transport for the northern Hauts-de-France region, told French television channel BFMTV: “In France, what do we do? We stop the smugglers …
“To fight them, there is only one way: we have to stop the organizations, you have to stop the mafia bosses.
“And the mafia bosses live in London… They live in London peacefully, in beautiful villas, they earn hundreds of millions of euros each year, and they reinvest this money in the City.
“And it is therefore very easy for the tax authorities to find them”.
Mr Johnson spoke to Mr Macron last night following the tragedy, with French officials claiming pregnant women and children were among the dead.
Downing Street said the two had agreed to “keep all options on the table” in their efforts to break down the gangs of human traffickers responsible for endangering desperate people in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes. frequented by the world.
A joint search and rescue operation by French and British authorities that was launched after a fishing boat spotted people at sea off France was finally called off on Wednesday evening.
The dead included five women and a girl, while two survivors were recovered and treated in a French hospital. One of the women who died was later reportedly pregnant.
Mr Darmanin said the sinking boat was very fragile, comparing it to “a pool that you blow up in your backyard”.
He was unable to state the nationality of the victims, but said the two survivors were Somali and Iraqi and had been treated for severe hypothermia.
French authorities arrested five suspected human traffickers in connection with the incident, while the regional prosecutor opened an investigation for aggravated manslaughter.
Following a Cobra emergency committee meeting, Mr Johnson said it was clear that French operations to prevent the departure of migrant boats ‘had not been sufficient’ despite £ 54million sterling of British support, adding that human traffickers “literally get away with ‘murder’.
Mr Johnson said the government would seek to “speed up” measures in the Nationality and Borders Bill to allow authorities to “distinguish between people who come here legally and people who come here illegally.”
However, the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, said it was the British who were to blame and called on Mr Johnson to “take responsibility”.
“The British government is to blame. I think Boris Johnson has, for a year and a half, cynically chosen to blame France, ”she said, according to French media.
27 people drowned just off Calais yesterday afternoon, sparking a war of words between Britain and France
Boris Johnson (left) told Emmanuel Macron (now in Zagreb) that British boots were needed on the ground in France to prevent evil slave gangs from “getting away with murder” after at least 27 migrants drowned in the Channel’s deadliest crossing.