A remarkable war of words erupted last night over the Channel crisis after 853 migrants entered Britain in one day.
Government sources accused the French of ‘lamentable inaction’ as rising numbers risk the perilous crossing.
Home Office insiders claimed their French counterparts ‘don’t give a s***’ about the growing death toll after seven migrants were feared to have lost their lives in just ten days.
This week, a group of migrants was brought into Dover by a lifeboat. Government sources accused the French of ‘lamentable inaction’ as rising numbers risk the crossing
And for the first time, they voiced escalating concerns about France’s ineffective use of £54million of British taxpayers’ money intended to stop the flow of migrants.
The Daily Mail can reveal the French have deployed only 220 gendarme reservists with the British cash so far – described as ‘woefully inadequate’ by a senior Home Office source.
British insiders also criticized Macron for focusing on the fishery permit dispute and not the human crisis in the Channel.
UK migrants on the shore at Dungeness, Kent. Border officials and RNLI escorted them.
Surprisingly, 853 migrants reached the UK on Wednesday in 25 small boats. They beat the August 21 daily record of 828.
Now, the total number of people who have reached Britain in the past year is 21,051. This compares to 8,410 the previous year.
This week, three migrants drowned at the French coast in separate incidents. These are just days after three Somalian men had been reported to have fallen overboard of a dinghy off Harwich (Essex), last week. The bodies of the victims have not yet been discovered.
A train carrying an Eritrean immigrant was also struck in Calais, killing a fourth person. Northern France saw a dramatic rise in migrants hoping to push for British shores.
When the shelter was opened for the first time, migrants were seen arriving at Calais’ new migrant center.
Franck Dhersin, of the Hauts-de-France regional council, said there was an ‘incalculable number’ of migrants arriving in Calais and Dunkirk.
In a sign of worsening Anglo-French recriminations, a Home Office source said last night: ‘We have had enough of the French’s lamentable inaction.
‘They seem content to continually blame us for their domestic problems and that they have hundreds of people living in squalor in northern France. They are doing what they can to prevent migrants from arriving.
‘Macron and his top team are spending their time having a stupid argument about fishing licences, while multiple people are setting sail from his shores to their deaths each day.’
According to the source, there are fears of a massive tragedy if Smuggler Gangs push boats through Channel waters in bad weather.
British insiders also criticized Macron’s (pictured) focus on the dispute over fishing permits rather than the Channel humanitarian crisis.
Government sources accused the French of ‘lamentable inaction’ as rising numbers risk the perilous crossing
‘There could have been scores of deaths and the French just don’t seem to give a s***,’ the source said.
‘It seems inevitable there will be a large-scale loss of life unless the French rapidly improve.’
The Home Office is understood to have been enraged by remarks from Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart this week, when she blamed the UK for the crisis and described the UK as an ‘El Dorado for migrants’.
Miss Bouchart said in a radio interview: ‘We know that a migrant who arrives in England is taken care of.
They have a place to live, and they earn an income. For them, England remains an El Dorado but the British Government does not have the courage to review its legislation in the field.’
The Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart this week blamed the UK for the crisis and described the UK as an ‘El Dorado for migrants’
A UK source described the comments as ‘jaw-dropping’, adding: ‘This has left a very sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths.’
A senior Home Office source also questioned whether French officials were making effective use of British taxpayers’ cash.
‘The French are deploying 220 reservists with our money,’ the source said. ‘We’re not sure how many more from their own resources, but it’s clearly woefully inadequate.
‘The fact is that six people have died in the past week – plus 39 nearly drowned in Boulogne last week and 29 were found adrift after two days off Belgium last week. That could have been more than 70 deaths in a week.’
Ben Bano, from refugee charity Seeking Sanctuary, said: ‘The UK and French governments can work together to provide safe and secure ways to seek asylum in the UK.
‘Instead those involved put their lives in even more danger in response to what they see as a hardening of attitudes from both governments.’