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Shipwreck off the Channel: around fifty people gathered in Calais in tribute to dead migrants


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11:54 p.m. : “The smugglers are incriminated but it is obvious that all the administrative regulations which prevent these people from seeking asylum in our country are also criminal”, reacted on franceinfo Yann Manzi, co-founder of Utopia 56, an association which helps migrants, after the sinking of a boat off Calais, which left 31 dead.

11:54 p.m. : In a telephone interview, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to “the urgency” increase their joint efforts to fight against “deadly” crossings Channel by migrants wishing to reach England from France, Downing Street announced.

23:53 : At the very beginning of the evening, President Emmanuel Macron had mentioned 31 dead in this shipwreck which is one of the deadliest recorded in the Channel.

11:52 p.m. : The toll of the sinking of migrants off the coast of Calais is reduced to 27 dead and two survivors, according to a consolidated assessment from the French Ministry of the Interior.

11:11 p.m. : Guest on the set of BFMTV, Marlène Schiappa, Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship, calls for “a European leap” after the sinking of a migrant boat off Calais, which left at least 31 dead. “It’s a drama you will never get used to”, she said.

9:38 p.m. : “How do you want to stop people who have nothing to lose?”

The situation has been tense for several months on the coast between Calais and Dunkirk, but according to the elected official, it is impossible to stop these attempts at crossings. “These people have traveled 5,000 kilometers. When you get to Calais, you see the English coast! They feel like they just have to swim and take a small boat to get there”, he explained on franceinfo.

9:29 p.m. : The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, will hold an interministerial meeting tomorrow at 8:30 am on “migrant crossings in the English Channel following the dramatic sinking” which occurred today, which left 31 dead, announced Matignon.

8:22 p.m. : Here is the full press conference of the Minister of the Interior in Calais, after the sinking of a migrant boat in the Channel, which left at least 31 dead.

9:34 p.m. : It is more than 8 p.m., here is a new point on the news:

Four smugglers were arrested today in connection with the sinking of migrants off Calais, which left at least 31 dead, announced the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, this evening. Emmanuel Macron asks his European counterparts “the immediate reinforcement of the resources of the Frontex agency at the external borders of the EU and an emergency meeting of European ministers concerned by the migration challenge”. Follow our live.

France has 8,765 people hospitalized for a coronavirus infection, including 1,483 in intensive care, according to the latest data published by Public Health France today. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, will give a press conference on Thursday to announce new measures. Follow our live.

• The European Commission has asked London to settle the post-Brexit dispute over fishing licenses with France by December 10, announced one of its spokespersons. France is demanding more fishing licenses in London and the Channel Island of Jersey as part of the post-Brexit agreement signed at the end of 2020.

Karim Benzema has been condemned to one year in prison suspended for his involvement in the sextape blackmail case against his former teammate in the France team Mathieu Valbuena. His lawyer has announced that he is appealing the decision.

8:01 p.m. : Gérald Darmanin confirms the toll of 31 dead and two survivors, “currently treated and whose days are unfortunately also in danger”. Among the deceased, “there are five women and a little girl”, specifies the Minister of the Interior. “We have no more information on the identity of these people and the research will continue in the coming hours and tomorrow, to see if there were other people in this makeshift boat”, he added.

19:56 : The people primarily responsible for this despicable situation are the smugglers, who use these people to cross the Channel. More than 1,500 have been arrested since January 1“, declares Gérald Darmanin, announcing that four smugglers were arrested today in connection with the shipwreck off Calais and that two are being brought before the court.

7:53 p.m. : Arrived in Calais, the Minister of the Interior is currently giving a press conference. Gérald Darmanin describes as “vile drama” the sinking of a boat in the English Channel.

9:30 p.m. : “France will not let the Channel become a cemetery, the networks of smugglers endanger lives and challenge who we are. We owe it to the victims, to the orphans, to the families. We owe it to ourselves.”

In this press release, Emmanuel Macron asks his European counterparts to immediately strengthen the resources of the Frontex agency at the external borders of the EU and an emergency meeting of European ministers concerned by the migration challenge.

7:43 p.m. : “It is Europe in what it carries deepest – humanism, respect for the dignity of each person, which is in mourning this evening with the death off Calais of 31 migrants, according to a first balance sheet”, declares Emmanuel Macron in a press release, referring to an even heavier toll after the sinking of a boat off Calais.

6:18 p.m. : “This drama illustrates the fact that the State is right to say that it is necessary to prevent people from stationing in Calais and on the coast because that facilitates the morbid work of smugglers.”

Asked about franceinfo, the one who carried out a mission of mediator in Calais on this question of migrants believes that the main problem is the care of these people. He said to himself “horrified” after the sinking of a migrant boat off Calais, which left at least 27 dead.

6:14 p.m. : The Minister of the Interior went to Calais hospital at 7.15pm this evening, after at least 27 migrants were killed off the coast of Calais, after their boat sank in the English Channel. Gérald Darmanin will speak at 7:45 p.m. in front of the journalists.

9:48 p.m. : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls a crisis meeting after the death of at least 27 migrants in a sinking boat off the coast of Calais on its way to Britain.

9:49 p.m. : It is 6 p.m., we take stock:

• Third booster dose open to all, reduced test validity period … Here are the avenues considered by the executive to deal with the fifth wave. Olivier Véran will announce new measures tomorrow at midday.

The sinking off Calais (Pas-de-Calais) of a boat carrying migrants trying to reach Britain has left at least 27 dead, according to a new report. Jean Castex denounces a “tragedy” and Gérald Darmanin is expected on site.

#GERMANY The German Social Democrats, the Greens and the Liberals have reached a government agreement to form a coalition which will come to power after the departure of Angela Merkel. The Liberals inherit in particular from the Ministry of Finance and the Greens of a giant ministry bringing together Economy and Climate.

• Karim Benzema was sentenced to one year in prison for his involvement in the sextape blackmail case against footballer Mathieu Valbuena. His lawyer has announced that he is appealing the decision.

5:56 p.m. : The sinking off Calais (Pas-de-Calais) of a boat carrying migrants trying to reach Great Britain made at least 27 dead, according to a new provisional report communicated by the police.

5:23 p.m. : The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, deplores on Twitter a “tragedy”, after the death of at least 20 people trying to cross the Channel to England. “My thoughts are with the many missing and injured, victims of criminal smugglers who exploit their distress and misery”, he added.

5:22 p.m. : The sinking off Calais (Pas-de-Calais) of a boat carrying migrants trying to reach Great Britain made “more than 20 dead”, according to a new provisional report communicated by the police.

21:51 : At least five migrants died in the sinking of their boat in the Channel, off Calais, while they were trying to reach the United Kingdom, we learned from the Ministry of the Interior. Research is underway to try to find survivors, according to the maritime prefecture of the Channel.

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