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Decathlon stops canoe sales in northern France to curb migrant crossings | France

The game gear retailer Decathlon will not promote canoes in the north of France to forestall migrants from trying to use them to cross to England.

Tuesday’s announcement got here as a whole lot of individuals crossed the Channel by boat in what was a busy day for UK search and rescue forces. There have been a number of landings alongside the Kent shoreline, together with about 60 individuals who landed at Dungeness shortly earlier than 4pm.

On Friday, three migrants had been reported lacking after attempting to cross the Channel to Britain in canoes, whereas two canoes had been discovered adrift off Calais on Thursday and two folks had been fished out of the water.

A jet ski thought to have been used in a migrant crossing is inspected in Dungeness, Kent.
A jet ski thought to have been used in a migrant crossing is inspected in Dungeness, Kent. {Photograph}: Gareth Fuller/PA

The Dwelling Workplace stated 1,185 folks arrived on small boats on Thursday, a file for the present migration disaster, surpassing the earlier excessive of 853 set earlier this month.

The canoes will proceed to be obtainable for on-line buy and in different shops. Different security gear, comparable to lifejackets and thermal safety, will nonetheless be bought in the Calais and Grande-Synthe shops.

“The acquisition of canoes will not be attainable” in Decathlon shops in Calais and Grande-Synthe, close to Dunkirk, “given the present context”, the retailer advised AFP.

The objects weren’t getting used for his or her unique sporting function, however “might be used to cross the Channel”, it stated. In such instances, “folks’s lives could be endangered”, the retailer argued.

The shops themselves had determined to cease promoting the canoes and administration had accredited the choice, Decathlon stated.

Earlier on Tuesday, French police cleared a serious migrant camp that was dwelling to a couple of thousand folks hoping to attain Britain. Tensions are excessive between London and Paris over Channel crossings.

The French inside minister, Gérald Darmanin, spoke to his British counterpart, Priti Patel, on Monday, however solely after giving a blunt interview in which he stated Britain ought to “cease utilizing us as a punch-ball in their home politics”.

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