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The volunteers helping return the bodies of those who died in the Channel tragedy

By and
A homage in Calais to those who died when their inflatable dinghy sank in the Channel on November 24th. © Photo Marie Magnin / Hans Lucas via AFP A homage in Calais to those who died when their inflatable dinghy sank in the Channel on November 24th. © Photo Marie Magnin / Hans Lucas via AFP

All of the 27 bodies recovered after the sinking in the Channel last month of an inflatable dinghy carrying migrants attempting to reach the UK from France were finally identified last week, when official permits were issued for their burials. The dead were from seven different countries, to where their families want their remains to be returned. But, as Nejma Brahim and Sarah Brethes report, the French state will only provide for burials in France, and the costs involved of repatriating the bodies are beyond the relatives’ resources.

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The tragedy in the Channel, and the fears of more to come

By Sheerazad Chekaik-Chaila
A boat carrying the bodies of the dead arriving in Calais, November 24th 2021. © François Lo Presti / AFP A boat carrying the bodies of the dead arriving in Calais, November 24th 2021. © François Lo Presti / AFP

At least 27 people, including three children and seven women, one of who was pregnant, died in the Channel off the French port of Calais on Wednesday as they attempted to reach Britain in a clandestine journey by dinghy, according to the latest official toll. Sheerazad Chekaik-Chaila reports from Calais on the scenes as recovered bodies were brought to the quayside after the deadliest known tragedy involving migrants attempting to cross the Channel, and one which rescue services warn could be repeated with the arrival of treacherous winter conditions.

At least 31 migrants die off Calais during attempted crossing to UK

At least 31 migrants attempting to cross the Channel to Britain have died after their dinghy capsized on Thursday afternoon in seas close to the French port of Calais, where a search for survivors is continuing into the night. 

Two French patients with Covid-19 Delta variant have died

The two patients who had contracted the Delta variant were aged 42 and 60, and whose health status was marked by a number of risk factors; neither were vaccinated.

French court throws out case against US firms behind Agent Orange

A legal case brought by a 79-year-old French-Vietnamese woman against US firms that manufactured the highly toxic herbicidal cocktail known as Agent Orange, massively employed by US forces during the Vietnam War, causing deaths, diseases and malformations of those exposed to the chemical, has been dismissed by a French court on the grounds that the companies were acting 'on the orders' of the US government, which was engaged in a 'sovereign act'.  

Seven people die in avalanches in the French Alps

Two groups of walkers in the alpine Savoie region of eastern France were separately struck by avalanches on Saturday, when seven of the ramblers were killed and one saved by rescue services.

At least four migrants dead after boat capsizes in Channel

At least four people, believed to be Iranian nationals and including two children aged 5 and 8, were drowned after their boat bound for Britain and carrying at least 19 people capsized in difficult weather conditions in the Channel after they embarked in a clandestine crossing from France.

Two French soldiers killed in Mali

Two French soldiers died and a third was wounded after an explosive device was triggered beside their armoured vehicle in the north-east of Mali, bringing the total number of French military personnel killed since anti-terrorist operations in the country and Sahel region began seven years ago to 45.

France's virus death toll rises by 240 to 1,100

A French public health official also said there are 2,516 people needing life support.

Bodies of two young migrants found on Channel beach in France

Two bodies identified as those of a 17-year-old Iraqi Kurd and that of a 22-year-old Iraqi man were found washed up on a beach in northern France on Monday close to an inflatable boat believed to have been used in an attempt to cross the Channel to Britain.

French Foreign Legion officers on trial over training deaths

Four officers of France's Foreign Legion are on trial for alleged manslaughter over the deaths of six recruits in an avalanche in January 2016 while on a training exercise in the French Alps.

French farmers blame electromagnetic fields for mystery animal deaths

The mysterious deaths of livestock on some French farms, which remain unexplained despite a recent scientific study, are being blamed by some farmers on electromagnetic fields created by nearby wind turbine installations and mobile phone transmitters.

Family dispute suspected after five found dead in SW France flat

Two couples and a child were found dead in an apartment in the town of Pau, south-west France, after neighbours reported smoke coming from inside it and seeing blood on a window.

Storms leave deaths and havoc across France

Days of unusually heavy rainfall across France, forecast to ease as of Wednesday, have left four dead in weather-related accidents and several people injured after a waterlogged embankment collapsed causing a Paris suburban train to tip over, while homes in parts of the north-east of the country were damaged by flooding.

Guide in custody after four skiers die in avalanche in French Alps

Guide held in police custody and an investigation launched into possible manslaughter and unintentional harm after tragedy in Entraunes area.