One 12 months on, France remembers 27 migrants who drowned attempting to cross English Channel

Three wreaths of white flowers have been positioned into the ocean, and three blasts of foghorn have been heard off the French coast of Dunkirk to recollect the 27 migrants who tragically drowned attempting to cross the English Channel one 12 months in the past. 

Rescuers and elected officers took half in a ceremony on Thursday afternoon as different demonstrations and tributes have been held in Paris and cities throughout the nation. 

At the very least 27 migrants died on 24 November final 12 months after their inflatable boat sunk in the midst of the night time, within the English Channel. 

The tribute was organised by the native Nationwide Sea Rescue Society, the SNSM, alongside the townhall of Grande-Synthe, a city close to Dunkirk from the place many migrants are primarily based.

“This can be a tragedy that we anticipated, and there’ll undoubtedly be others,” Alain Ledaguenel, SNSM president mentioned.

Mayor of Grande-Synthe Martial Beyaert added, “it isn’t on the opposite facet of the world, it’s right here, on our doorstep, within the North Sea”. 

Different tributes to the victims, aged between 7 and 46, have been paid in Dunkirk and Paris.

In an article printed by Le Monde, 65 French, British and Belgian humanitarian associations have referred to as for the opening of “protected passage routes” to Nice Britain to keep away from extra deaths.

The tragedy has not deterred migrants from braving the ocean from the northern coast of France, with greater than 40,000 reaching the English coast since January.

On the similar time, French coastguards have mentioned greater than 7,000 folks have been rescued.