France beefs up sea rescue work, spars with UK over migrant deaths

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By Ardee Napolitano and Lucien Libert CALAIS, France/ZAGREB (Reuters) -France said on Thursday it was mobilising reservists and beefing up sea rescue operations as London and Paris traded blame over the deaths of 27 migrants trying to reach Britain in an inflatable dinghy. The migrants – including a child – drowned when their dinghy deflated in the Channel on Wednesday, one of many such risky journeys attempted each year in rickety, overloaded boats as people flee poverty and conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond. The deaths have created more animosity between countries already at odds over…

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