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Eurotunnel pulls out of French ports takeover

by Derek Johnson

The cross channel operator Eurotunnel has announced it is pulling out of a bid to take over the running of two French ports. The firm had said it was interested in operating Calais and Bolougne after helping to launch a new ferry service.

However the proposal has already been criticised by the Competition Commission for potentially pushing up prices to cross the channel. Derek Johnson explains.

People smugglers 'prey on the desperate' - Border Force

Those involved in people smuggling prey on the desperation of others in order to line their own pockets and are a major factor in illegal immigration to the UK.

This incident shows why we base Border Force staff in France - to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK and to target those engaged in people smuggling.

– Paul Morgan, Border Force Director for South East & Europe

Polish driver convicted by French court

Officers selected the German-registered van which was carrying insulation boards for further examination.

A heart beat detector gave a positive reading and officers carried out a detailed search during which they found a concealed box.

After forcing open the box, they discovered it contained lighting, fans and seven Sri Lankan immigrants.

The 51-year-old driver of the van appeared before the French courts where he was jailed for four months for facilitating people smuggling.



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