Channel migrants die: Boris Johnson tells France to 'step up' as Calais mayor blames the UK

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Published on 25 Nov 2021, 7:20
France must “step up” and stop migrants crossing the Channel, Boris Johnson demanded on Wednesday night, after at least 27 people died off the coast of Calais trying to reach Britain.

The bodies of dozens of migrants including five women and a young girl were found floating in the sea after their flimsy boat, likened to a “blow-up paddling pool in a garden”, capsized and sank six miles off the coast of Calais in rough seas and cold weather.

But the mayor of Calais has partially blamed Boris Johnson for tragedy, accusing the Prime Minister of lacking the “courage” to handle those who wish to reach Britain on home soil.

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