Shipwreck of migrants: Macron calls on Johnson to "do not use a dramatic situation"

After the death of at least 27 migrants on Wednesday evening in the Channel, France is putting pressure on the United Kingdom. Emmanuel Macron calls on Boris Johnson to “act with dignity”.

The tone is rising between France and the United Kingdom after the sinking of a migrant boat which left at least 27 dead Wednesday evening in the Channel. This drama is the deadliest since the soaring in 2018 of migratory crossings, faced with the growing lockdown of the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel used until then by migrants trying to reach England.

“Do not use a dramatic situation for political ends”

Emmanuel Macron “let Boris Johnson know” in a telephone interview this Thursday morning “that he expected the British to cooperate fully and refrain from using a dramatic situation for political ends”, indicated the Elysee.

“The President of the Republic insisted on the need to act with dignity, respect and in a spirit of effective cooperation when it comes to human lives,” added the French presidency.

The French and British Interior Ministers will discuss this Thursday on this subject, added the entourage of the President of the Republic. An emergency interministerial meeting around Jean Castex is also scheduled for the same day. The Prime Minister, positive for Covid-19, will lead it from a distance.

Efforts deemed insufficient by the English

Boris Johnson had said Wednesday night on Sky News that efforts to deal with the migration crisis had not been “sufficient”, saying that he “had difficulty persuading some of (his) partners, in particular the French, to act in the height of the situation “.

The British government, which is preparing to make the conditions for granting asylum considerably stricter, wants to make these perilous crossings “impracticable” in one of the busiest seaways in the world, where the currents are strong and the sea. low water temperature.

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