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Johnson and Macron discuss mass deaths of migrants while crossing the English Channel


French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held talks over the deaths of people trying to cross the English Channel towards Great Britain in an inflatable boat. According to the updated data of the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, 27 people were killed during the tragedy. The leaders of the two countries agreed to work with each other and with other European countries to intensify the fight against crossing the strait.

As posted on website British government, Messrs. Johnson and Macron “agreed that there is an urgent need to strengthen joint work to prevent such deadly crossings and do everything possible to stop the gangs responsible for risking the lives of people.” The parties agreed to work with Belgium, the Netherlands and “partners across the continent” to prevent the problem “while people have not yet reached the French coast.”

A boat with migrants capsized on 24 October, and a joint operation of French and British rescuers was suspended on Thursday night. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen called the tragedy the worst in the history of migrant crossings across the English Channel. “The fact that these people died at sea at the behest of the smugglers is a disaster for France, for Europe, for humanity,” he said (quoted by Reuters).

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