A yr later, France remembers 27 migrants who drowned attempting to cross the English Channel

Three wreaths of white flowers have been set at sea and three blasts of fog horns have been heard off the Dunkirk coast of France to recollect the 27 migrants who tragically drowned attempting to cross the English Channel a yr in the past.

Aid staff and elected officers took half in a ceremony Thursday afternoon as different rallies and tributes have been held in Paris and cities throughout the nation.

Not less than 27 migrants died on 24 November final yr after their dinghy sank in the course of the night time within the English Channel.

The tribute was organized by the native Nationwide Sea Rescue Society, SNSM, along with the city corridor of Grande-Synthe, a city close to Dunkirk the place many migrants come from.

“It is a tragedy that we anticipated, and there’ll undoubtedly be others,” mentioned Alain Ledaguenel, president of the SNSM.

Grande-Synthe Mayor Martial Beyaert added: “It is not on the opposite aspect of the world, it is right here, on our doorstep, within the North Sea.”

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

In an article revealed by Le Monde, 65 French, British and Belgian humanitarian organizations known as for the opening of “protected passageways” to Nice Britain to keep away from additional deaths.

The tragedy has not deterred migrants from taking to the seas from the north coast of France, with greater than 40,000 having reached the English coast since January.

On the similar time, the French coastguard mentioned greater than 7,000 folks had been rescued.