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France, Decathlon pulls canoes. ‘Dangerous to migrants crossing the Channel’

French group Decathlon You will no longer submit boat In its stores in Calais The Grande-Synthe, in the north of the country, to prevent immigrants To be used to cross muzzle: Small boats can still be purchased online and in other stores of the multinational sports company. The Guardian reported it. “Purchasing kayaks will no longer be possible” at the Decathlon stores in Calais and Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk“In light of the current context,” the group said. These items were not used for their original sporting purpose, but “can be used to cross the canal” and in such cases “people’s lives will be in DangerYesterday alone, hundreds of immigrants crossed the English Channel, including about sixty who arrived in the afternoon at Dungeness Beach, about thirty kilometers southwest of Folkestone. On Friday, three migrants were reported. Missing After trying to cross in a canoe, while the day before two boats were found adrift off the coast of Calais and two migrants were rescued at sea.

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According to the British Home Office, last Thursday set a record 1,185 people have landed in the south‘England’ On small boats compared to 853 of the previous record set at the beginning of the month. This year is over 23 thousand people They left French territory for Great Britain By the sea. 8,400 more than in 2020. Even bad weather conditions prevent crossings. The pressure of migrants heading to the British coast increases tensions Between London and Paris, with the British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, who went so far as to suppose the forced refusal of makeshift boats that set sail from France. In early October, French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin visited the English Channel city of Calais to assess police activities to combat illegal immigration flows. Darmanin also reiterated that for the measures in place to bear fruit, the British government must honor its commitments to co-financing from the device. “We ask the British to keep their promises of funding – he says – because we control the border for them too. And then of course, it is up to them to reduce the appeal the UK has to migrants.”

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