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Frontex deploys Danish surveillance aircraft over northern France – .


Inflatable boats used by migrants who have crossed the English Channel from France are secured by a Port of Dover official in Dover Marina, Britain on November 29, 2021. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls // File Photo

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PARIS, December 2 (Reuters) – Frontex deployed a plane to help French and Belgian authorities spot illegal boat crossing activities, a week after 27 migrants drowned when their dinghy deflated in the English Channel, said the joint border force of the European Union.

In a statement, Frontex said the plane, supplied by Denmark, had landed in Lille, in northern France, adding that the plane was fitted with modern sensors and radars to support land border control and maritime.

The deployment was decided during a meeting Sunday in Calais between the French Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin and some of his European counterparts, an event to which the British Minister of the Interior Priti Patel had been uninvited as a result of a letter from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson which angered Paris. Read more

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France and Britain are at loggerheads over post-Brexit trade rules and fishing rights and relations deteriorated further last week after 27 people were killed trying to cross the Channel.

“The evolution of the situation in the Channel is worrying. At the request of the Member States, Frontex deployed an aircraft to France to support them with aerial surveillance in just three days, ”said Fabrice Leggeri, Director of Frontex.

“We start with a plane, but we are ready to step up our support if necessary. “

The objective of the operation on the coast is to avoid the multiplication of sea crossings.

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Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Christian Lowe and Barbara Lewis

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