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France, Decathlon suspends sale of canoes to prevent migrants – Corriere.it

from Marta Serafini

The scale of the French group in Calais and Grand Synthes stores after hundreds of people crossed the English Channel

No more boats to stop migrants. France’s Decathlon group will no longer sell it in its stores in Calais and Grands-Synth, in the north of the country, to prevent migrants from using it to cross the Channel.

“Purchasing kayaks will no longer be possible” at Decathlon stores in Calais and Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, “in light of the current context,” These objects were not used for their original sporting purpose, but “can be used to cross the canal” and in these cases “people’s lives are in danger,” the group said.

This measure was taken after hundreds of migrants yesterday alone crossed the channel, including about sixty who arrived in the afternoon at Dungeness Beach, about thirty kilometers southwest of Folkestone. On Friday, three migrants were found missing after trying to cross the dinghy, while the day before, two boats were found off the coast of Calais and two migrants were rescued at sea.. According to the British Home Office, 1,185 people landed in southern England on small boats last Thursday compared to 853 in the previous record set earlier this month.

Meanwhile, police in northern France have disinfected a migrant camp in which a thousand people liveAnd. The camp is located on the outskirts of Dunkirk. The North Governorate said in a statement that the evacuation process ended at the beginning of yesterday afternoon, with 663 migrants “who were transferred to safe places” and 35 alleged smugglers were questioned. Other immigrants have left, and still others will receive a residence permit or be subject to judicial proceedings. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced the eviction in a tweet describing the camp as “illegal”. In northern France, many immigrants are trying to reach the UK via the English Channel. This situation created tensions between Paris and London, In addition to those who have fishing licenses.

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