Pope to meet Macron and defend migrants’ plight in Marseille

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Tens of thousands are expected at a Mass with Francis in the French port city. Although the pontiff will meet President Emmanuel Macron, it is not an official state visit.

EU judges slam France’s migrant pushbacks

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The ruling comes as France closed its border to Italy amid a recent surge in migrant arrivals to the Italian island of Lampedusa.  

France arrests four people over fatal migrant boat sinking

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Six men died after the vessel they were aboard got into difficulty near Calais on Saturday. 

Six dead, two missing, after boat carrying migrants sinks in Channel

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French authorities said six Afghan men thought to be in their 30s died, and two other people remain missing, after a boat carrying more than 60 migrants attempting to cross the Channel to the UK sank off the French coast in the early hours of Saturday.

Migrant deaths: French soldiers accused of failing to help

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The five military personnel have been placed under investigation over the deaths of 27 people who drowned while trying to cross the English Channel on 24 November 2021.

At least 22 Malagasy migrants die trying to reach France's Mayotte

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Search and rescue operations continued on Monday after at least 22 people were found drowned, and another 20 were rescued when their boat capsized in the Indian Ocean during an attempted clandestine crossing from Madagascar to the French archipelago of Mayotte, some 400 kilometres further west.

This infant girl was found dead on a beach in Tunisia, a tragedy met with indifference

Migrations — Investigation

The washed-up corpse of an infant girl (photo) was found on December 24th on a beach in Tunisia’s Kerkennah Islands, in almost identical circumstances as that of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, found on a beach in Turkey in 2015. Both drowned during an attempted crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. But while the shocking photo of the little boy’s body made headlines around the world, that of the unidentified little girl has prompted no such interest, nor any political reaction, highlighting a creeping indifference towards such tragedies. Nejma Brahim reports from Tunisia, where she spoke with those who routinely face the horrors of the Mediterranean ‘graveyard’.

France ramps up Channel migrant patrolling

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Two additional vessels are being deployed in what the French Coastguard calls an 'unprecedented' move.

2021 Channel tragedy: one man’s quest to know why rescuers let his brother die


On November 24th last year, an inflatable dinghy carrying at least 33 migrants across the Channel from France to England took on water and sank, leaving just two survivors. The bodies of 27 people were recovered, and at least four others were never found, including that of the 18-year-old brother of Zana Mamand Mohammad. He travelled to Paris from Iraq this month to meet with French investigators who have established that rescue services were repeatedly called for help, but failed to respond. “How could the French and English authorities have left children, women and men die at sea while for hours they had raised the alarm about their sinking?” he asked in an interview with Mediapart. 

France to expel 44 of 234 migrants rescued from Mediterranean

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After allowing NGO rescue ship Ocean Viking carrying 234 migrants rescued at sea to dock in Toulon, French interior minister Gérald Darmanin has announced that 44 of the group will be deported 'as soon as their health allows', and that others may yet also be expelled.

UK strikes revised deal with France on Channel migrants

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UK police officers will be embedded with their French counterparts in control rooms and on beaches and the number of officers patrolling the French coast to try to stop people setting off will rise.

France-Italy migration row escalates after rescue ship docks in Toulon

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French government calls Italy ‘inhumane’ for refusing vessel but Italian PM hits back as rift deepens.

People rescued in Italian waters spark row between Italy and France

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French government calls Rome’s refusal to let boat carrying 234 asylum seekers dock ‘unacceptable’.

France to speed up migrant expulsions but relax rules for some workers

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Government will make it easier to obtain residency permits for those who work in sectors struggling to find workers.

Migrant trafficking: the trial of ‘Mr Average’ caught smuggling dinghy and life jackets to the French coast

Justice — Report

On August 22nd, a total of 1,295 migrants landed on the shores of southern England from France, a record daily figure, bringing the number of people who have made the same perilous crossing of the Channel so far this year to more than 22,500. Migrant smuggling gangs typically demand 3,000 euros per person for a place on the flimsy dinghies and key to the logistics of these networks are ‘mules’ who transport the boats and equipment, often from Germany, to the French coast. Camille Polloni travelled to the northern French city of Lille to follow the trial last week of one of them, whose lawyer said he was a “Mister average who works every day”.