France strikes at Britain’s latest proposal on migrants

  • A temporary camp for migrants has been set up along the river in Loon Plage, near Grande-Synthe, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.

    A temporary camp for migrants has been set up along the river in Loon Plage, near Grande-Synthe, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.
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  • Life jackets, sleeping bags and a damaged inflatable small boat are pictured on the coast of Wimereux, northern France, on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Calais, northern France.  Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempt to cross the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.

    Life jackets, sleeping bags and a damaged inflatable small boat are pictured on the coast of Wimereux, northern France, on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Calais, northern France. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempt to cross the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.
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  • Life jackets, sleeping bags and a damaged inflatable small boat are pictured on the coast of Wimereux, northern France, on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Calais, northern France.  Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempt to cross the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.

    Life jackets, sleeping bags and a damaged inflatable small boat are pictured on the coast of Wimereux, northern France, on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Calais, northern France. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempt to cross the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.
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  • Life jackets, sleeping bags and a damaged inflatable small boat are pictured early in the morning on the coast of Wimereux, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021 in Calais, northern France.  Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempt to cross the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.

    Life jackets, sleeping bags and a damaged inflatable small boat are pictured early in the morning on the coast of Wimereux, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021 in Calais, northern France. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempt to cross the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • A temporary camp for migrants has been set up along the river in Loon Plage, near Grande-Synthe, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.

    A temporary camp for migrants has been set up along the river in Loon Plage, near Grande-Synthe, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • A temporary camp for migrants has been set up along the river in Loon Plage, near Grande-Synthe, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.

    A temporary camp for migrants has been set up along the river in Loon Plage, near Grande-Synthe, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • A temporary camp for migrants has been set up along the river in Loon Plage, near Grande-Synthe, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.

    A temporary camp for migrants has been set up along the river in Loon Plage, near Grande-Synthe, northern France, on Friday 26 November 2021. Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French official said Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • CALAIS, France – France reacted angrily on Friday to Britain’s latest proposal to deal with the deadly flow of migrants between their coasts. The French government said a British minister was no longer welcome at a European meeting to discuss the issue and portrayed the British prime minister as double-edged.

    The angry response, delivered by government spokesman Gabriel Attal, came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked France to take back all migrants crossing illegally from the country’s coasts to Britain. Johnson proposed the deal in a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron.

    Attal dismissed the idea as “clearly not what we need to solve this problem.”

    He said the letter ‘does not agree at all’ with discussions that Johnson and Macron had on Wednesday after 27 migrants died while trying to cross the English Channel.

    “We are tired of double talk,” Attal said.

    Attal said France is withdrawing an invitation to British Home Secretary Priti Patel to attend a ministerial meeting on Sunday in Calais, one of France’s coastal cities, where migrants tied to Britain gather before attempting to cross.

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