Last night’s tragedy in the Channel made headlines in France’s newspapers and news sites Thursday morning, with many reporting the president’s words that “France will not let the Channel become a cemetery.”
France’s main national newspaper, Le Monde, reported the outrage of activists who gathered in the port of Calais and watched emergency services carry the bodies of the victims ashore. One person carried a sign saying, “How many dead will you need?” and Alexine Fougner, who has helped migrants living in neighboring camps, told the newspaper: “When we say borders kill, that’s really it.
Another activist, Olivier Maillard, referred to the small gathering at the port and said “empathy is running out in this country”. He added: “They were men, women, children, humans. We would be 5,000 tonight and we are 50. ”
The newspaper reported that most of the victims were Kurds, Iraq or Iran. They noted Emmanuel Macron’s words about not letting the English Channel become a cemetery: “In fact, it has already become a cemetery.
Le Monde also noted the Wednesday night phone call between Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron. The French president is said to have “let Boris Johnson know that he expected the British to cooperate fully” during the call “and refrain from using a dramatic situation for political ends”.
The center-left tabloid, Liberation, used a photo of a mother carrying her children on Dungeness beach, on England’s south-east coast, on the front page. The family had been rescued as they attempted the perilous journey across the Channel on Wednesday.
The newspaper called the French coast region, La Manche, “deadlier than ever” in its title.
They reported on the words of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, held in Calais on Wednesday evening, where he spoke of “great national mourning for France, for Europe”. He said the smugglers were responsible for “this despicable situation” but also added that a response must “come from Britain”, adding: “the traffickers often play on our lack of cooperation”.
The regional newspaper, La Voix du Nord, devoted its front page to the incident, describing it as “The tragedy we feared to happen”.
Their article on the crisis opened with the sentence: “A nightmare”, and went on to describe a country in shock “stunned by a tragedy that everyone feared”.
The daily Le Parisien made the front page of the tragedy with the title: “Tragedy off the coast of Calais”. Their summary of the news read: “Last night at least 27 people, including a girl, died near the English Channel while trying to make the crossing in a makeshift boat.
Le Figaro, report the comments made by the volunteers to the SNSM rescue service in Calais. Volunteers called the dead in the English Channel a “group murder” and Charles Devos, skipper of the ship Notre-Dame du Risban, said: “We recovered six bodies adrift.
“They have makeshift inflatable boats about 10 meters long, but unfortunately there were about 50 people on board.”
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