UK too ‘attractive’ for illegal immigrants, claims French minister

Gerald Dormann used a radio interview on RTL to once again criticize the British for encouraging illegal immigration through an allegedly loose welfare system and poorly regulated labor market.

He claimed Britain has 6000 deportations a year, while France has four times that figure – a country with “double the number of illegal immigrants,” Mr Darmanin said.

He continued: “Everyone knows that there are over a million illegal immigrants in the UK and that English employers use this workforce.”

Mr Dormain also appeared to welcome Mr Johnson’s suggestion that British police should be allowed to help deal with smugglers on French soil.

He said: “Britain and France must work together. We must avoid being the only ones fighting smugglers. We are telling our Belgian, German and English friends that they should help us.”

Mr Darmanin said a fifth alleged human trafficker faced charges of murder in connection with the sinking boat.

This comes after dramatic headlines in French media on Thursday as the country suffered the worst migrant tragedy in its history in the home region.

“They were men, women, children, humans,” wrote le monde As it reported “the anger” of aid groups “after the death of 27 migrants in the channel”.

It continued: “It is an unprecedented tragedy that unfolded from Calais in French waters”.

Liberation carried the headline: “In Calais – A Tragedy Without Parallels,” writing: “It was the deadliest accident [of its kind] To be in the English Channel anytime. ,


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