After the death of at least 31 migrants in the Channel, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, affirmed that “France will not let the Channel become a cemetery”.
Macron, in this sense, called for the “immediate strengthening of the resources of the Frontex agency at the external borders” of the EU.
A press release from the Élysée Palace specifies in this regard that the French Head of State called for “an emergency meeting of European ministers concerned by the migration challenge” and assured that “everything will be done to find and to condemn those responsible ”for this tragedy.
For his part, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, will hold an interministerial meeting on this file on Thursday at 8:30 am (07:30 GMT) with the Ministers of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti, of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly , de la Mer, Annick Girardin, Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the Secretary of State for Europe, Clément Beaune.
In his press release, President Macron reports at least 31 dead while the previous police record stood at 27 people who perished Wednesday in the sinking of their boat off the coast of Calais, a city in northern France, became the starting point for attempted crossings to the British coasts.
This tragedy is the deadliest since the soaring in 2018 of migratory crossings of the Channel, in the face of the increasing lockdown of the port of Calais and the Channel tunnel used until then by migrants trying to reach England.