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Ministers from both sides of the Channel on Thursday laid blame with their counterparts after dozens of people – including a pregnant woman – drowned in bitterly cold waters off the French coast when their inflatable vessel bound for Britain sank. The dead include 17 men, seven women, and three young people who “could be teenagers,” according to the French prosecutors office.

The leaders agreed to step up joint efforts to prevent the migrant crossings – which have increased dramatically this year – but also accused each other of not doing enough. In a phone call on Wednesday night, Macron went further and urged Johnson to stop politicizing the migrant crisis for domestic political gain, according to a French readout of their conversation.

According to the British prime minister, this was a foreseeable tragedy. “These people should have been shot even before arriving on French soil.

It is, of course, not a new problem. During the Second World War, the German authorities were often unable to prevent Danish people-smugglers from charging Jews huge sums to ferry them to Sweden.”

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