‘France must compensate UK’
The Labour Party’s Harriet Harman has called on the UK government to demand that France compensate British citizens who “have suffered” due to the Calais migrant crisis.
The Daily Mail reported that the party’s acting leader had written to Prime Minister David Cameron, asking him to put pressure on the French government to deal with the situation with costs being borne by British businesses and families.
Over the past week, thousands of Asian and African immigrants have swarmed into the French port of Calais in a bid to cross over into the UK.
They mainly use the 50km-long Channel Tunnel, which links the UK and France.
The paper reported that a wildcat strike by French truck drivers, protests by French farmers over high food prices and thousands of illegal immigrants have caused chaos in Calais.
The Independent also reported that thousands of immigrants had jumped into trains and the hundreds of trucks lining the road leading to the tunnel to try and make their way to the UK.
Harman’s letter to Cameron reads: “Over the last few days, your approach has been devoid of any serious solution to the crisis. You have failed to initiate any diplomatic pressure on the French government to assess asylum claims and make sure proper immigration procedures are followed. Instead, you have chosen to inflame the situation with incendiary and divisive language, which will serve only to escalate the problem.”
The BBC reported that Cameron had promised French President François Hollande he would send more dogs and fences to help control the immigrants in Calais. Thousands of people from Africa and Asia cross dangerous seas every week with the hope of securing jobs in Europe.
BOAT PEOPLE A rubber boat is pictured loaded with migrants during a search-and-rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea in June