“The problem is the distance – 140 km [of coast] is just too much for the police. A CCTV system will soon be operational, called Terminus, which could help. But as a soldier, I know that if an army wants to hold a 5 km line, it needs a whole regiment, that is to say 1000 men. I have 160 over 75km.
“We worked pretty well. Until July, we considered our success rate in foiling crossings to be 90%. But today, we are faced with a real explosion of the phenomenon.
“The more migrants there are who will try, the more crossings there are attempted, the more difficult it is to contain. It’s a question of volume. There are more and more candidates crossing from Iran, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Kurds, Vietnamese, Sudanese, Eritreans. and soon Afghans. The worse the situation in these countries, the more attempts will be made to cross.
“Even if you manage to stop a boat, if you have four or five more, you can’t stop them all. “
General Tavart said the traffickers would stop at nothing whatever the obstacles. They have nothing to lose. ”