Blog: ‘You’re not fighting the smugglers!’ French mayor skewered over Brexit ‘plot’ to punish UK – Daily Express

and the UK have been at loggerheads for months over the need to do more to tackle illegal immigration in the Channel amid a rise of attempts to cross into the UK in recent months. Twenty-seven people died on Wednesday after their boat after authorities rescued two survivors and reported four missing.  News host Krishnan Guru-Murthy spoke to French Mayor Francois Decoster about the latest tragic incident and challenged him over France’s own policies to clamp down on human trafficking gangs.

Mr Decoster said: “We are now in front of a human tragedy because we know that we’ve got more people on the beaches of Calais, more people there, and more possibilities for the smugglers to exploit their situation.”

Mr Guru-Murthy appeared unimpressed by the Frenchman’s comments, saying:  “You are not fighting the smugglers.

“We saw today, we filmed today – the police on the beaches in France doing nothing to stop these people getting into boats and making this very dangerous crossing.

“Why are the police not stopping them?”

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Mr Decoster said: “Every day we are stopping people, every day more than 1500, the police are there obviously.”

“When the people are in Calais this is already a final stage before they want to cross the Channel.”

But the Channel 4 host hit back: “France wants them out that’s the truth, isn’t it?

“France wants them to get to Britain and that’s why the French police are not stopping them, because you don’t want them in your country.”

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But Mr Decoster jumped to France’s defence: “No-no, no the situation is why the migrants are already in Calais.

“This is something we have to tackle both at the European level and also in a virtual corporation and I’m sure that our governments are committed to trying to find solutions.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the tragic death of 27 people in the Channel: “What this shows is that the gangs who are sending people to sea in these dangerous crafts will literally stop at nothing.

“But what I’m afraid it also shows us that the operation that is being conducted by our friends on the beaches, supported as you know with £54 million from the UK to help patrol the beaches, the technical support we’ve been giving, they haven’t been enough.

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“Our offer is to increase our support but also to work together with our partners on the beaches concerned, on the launching grounds for these boats.”

The Prime Minister added: “That’s something I hope will be acceptable now in view of what has happened.

“We’ve had difficulties persuading some of our partners, particularly the French, to do things in a way that we think the situation deserves.”

“I understand the difficulties that all countries face, but what we want now is to do more together – and that’s the offer we are making,” Boris concluded

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