UK, France to ‘step up’ efforts to prevent Channel crossings

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The UK and France have agreed to step up efforts to prevent dangerous journeys across the English Channel afterat least 31 people were found dead off the northern port of Calais on Wednesday. The two countries, engaged in tense squabbles in recent months about how best to reduce small boat crossings, said they will keep “all options on the table” to deter future perilous journeys, according to a UK government statement Wednesday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron blamed trafficking gangs for putting lives at risk and urged for greater cooperation with ot…

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