Migrant drownings in English Channel reignite UK-France blame game

A migrant child being brought ashore, after having crossed the Channel, by staff from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Britain on Nov 24, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - France "will not let" the Channel waterway between itself and Britain "become a cemetery", French President Emmanuel Macron said after a vessel full of undocumented immigrants headed for the British shores sank, drowning 27 people.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also proclaimed himself "shocked, appalled and deeply saddened" by the tragedy.

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