French police watch 40 migrants launch canoes towards the UK a day after pledging to step up patrols
French police were pictured doing nothing as a group of up to 40 migrants launched rubber dinghies into the English Channel this morning in a recent attempt to reach Britain.
The migrants, with at least 5 children, were seen entering the water from a seaside near Wimereux, a few kilometers north of Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the early morning hours.
A few yards away was a French police car with at least two cops inside who appeared to be doing nothing, although Emmanuel Macron’s authorities yesterday vowed that the forces could be on the move “night and day” to stop level crossings.
The vow came after French authorities were challenged to clarify how much the Â£ 9million given by Britain this summer as part of a Â£ 54million package had been spent – even as crossings skyrocketed to classify ranges.
And speaking immediately to MailOnline, a senior Conservative official accused the French of “taking advantage of the gallery” by allowing level crossings while warning that a “critical move” is unlikely until April, the election date.
Speaking on the script, Conservative Dover MP Natalie Elphicke informed MailOnline that the French “took us for fools”.
“It’s maddening to see pictures of French authorities appearing to stand there and just watch as migrants pile into small boats and take to the water,” she said. “The French said they would take action, but you must be wondering if they are just taking us for fools.”
A group of 40 migrants ran with an inflatable dinghy to the seaside near Wimereux in northern France as police stood and did nothing
The migrants, with at least 5 children, were seen diving into the water from a seaside a few kilometers north of Boulogne-sur-Mer, early in the morning
A few feet away was a French police car with at least two cops inside who appeared to be doing nothing, despite Emmanuel Macron’s authorities yesterday swearing that the forces may be on the move.
So far, more than 4,000 migrants have made the trip in November, possibly the highest number on record in a single month, and the wave shows no signs of slowing down
The vow came after French authorities were challenged to clarify how exactly Â£ 9million released by Britain this summer as part of a Â£ 54million package was spent, when the crossings were soaring.
Kent MP Craig Mackinlay informed MailOnline: “The promises by French authorities to do everything possible to prevent beach launches are beyond wear and tear.
“The French have refused on-site assistance from border forces and British troops, they refuse to implement their own European obligations under the Dublin agreements, they refuse to manage the pull factor of the Pas de Calais.
âTheir agenda, ahead of their presidential elections, is now clear – to destabilize British politics and now get lost in violations of international border agreements.
“While we could obviously do more at the national level to speed up expulsions, the real blame for this crisis must be directed towards the deliberate failures across the Channel.”
It comes against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between the UK and France over post-Brexit fishing licenses in the Channel, and the AUKUS submarine pact with Australia has broken a French contract for a billion dollars in favor of signing a new contract with Great Britain. and America.
Amid the worsening relationship, nearly 25,000 migrants have crossed the Channel this year – far eclipsing the roughly 8,000 who arrived here in 2020 and 1,000 who arrived in 2019.
More than 4,000 have made the trip in November so far, possibly the highest number on record in a single month, and the surge shows no signs of abating.
French officers have for the first time revealed details of how they spent the UK taxpayer’s Â£ 9million, agreed as part of a Â£ 54million deal in the summer.
A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said: “More than 100 mobile cars are delivered to the bottom for patrols and arrests, with equipment adapted to the particular nature of the terrain.”
The specialized package would include quads, 4x4s, rigid hull boats and “autos equipped with sophisticated surveillance and detection equipment”. The spokesperson said: “Twenty cars have already been delivered and are used by the forces on a daily basis. The rest will arrive in December and during the year 2022. ‘
But the French have not announced additional personnel.
During the last wave of the main Channel – which noticed the emergence of the âJungleâ camp near Calais in 2015 – France sent 3,500 agents from its cellular police unit, the CRS. Only a few hundred reservist gendarmes are currently deployed.
British officers imagine the shortfall left the French struggling to cope with the large numbers pushed by organized crime gangs.
The group of migrants boarded the dinghy and gestured as they immediately began to cross the Channel into Britain.
Nearly 25,000 migrants have crossed the Channel this year – far eclipsing the roughly 8,000 who arrived here in 2020 and 1,000 who arrived in 2019
Among the group traveling in the dinghy from France were very young children wearing life jackets as they made the arduous journey.
Last week Home Secretary Priti Patel blamed the EU’s self-service coverage for allowing thousands of migrants to travel across the continent to France.
France rejected British proposals to allow British officers to work across the Channel to detect human trafficking operations
France yesterday said British money would even be spent on “high performance night vision equipment” and thermal cameras.
âTailor-made clothingâ, searchlights, interception and communication equipment and torches were also purchased.
Recalling the defensive position built in the 1930s to deter a German invasion, named after the French Minister of Battle AndrÃ© Maginot, the machine will probably be used to “secure the coastal strip extending over more than 130 km [100 miles], from the Dunkirk area to the Baie de Somme ‘.
The spokesperson added: “As part of the fight against illegal immigration along the Channel coast, and in order to protect the lives of people generally in poverty, the Ministry of the Interior is deploying day and night his security forces to watch the shores, prevent makeshift boats from leaving for Britain and stop smugglers.
A statement from British authorities said: “We are pleased that the French are doing this work to help reduce these vile crossings.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel last week blamed the EU’s self-service coverage for allowing thousands of migrants to travel across the continent to France and urged an attempt Trans-European Union to solve the problem.
However, France rejected British proposals to allow British officers to work across the Channel to detect human trafficking operations.
Six in ten migrants arrive in France only on the day they attempt to cross – from Belgium and the Netherlands.
Smugglers charge more than Â£ 3,300 per person to cross the Channel, according to the latest information.
The new arrivals are delivering the full amount to have arrived in the UK this month at 4,019, beating the previous record of 3,879 in September. This year’s overall is now a record 23,761