France sends 120 extra police to secure Eurotunnel: Minister

AFP , Wednesday 29 Jul 2015

French gendarmes stand near as migrants leave their hiding spot at the Eurotunnel site early in the morning in Calais, northern France, July 29, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

France's interior minister said Wednesday that 120 additional police officers would be sent to Calais to secure the Eurotunnel site from migrants desperately trying to reach Britain.

Just hours after Eurotunnel called for "an appropriate reaction" to the crisis from Paris and London, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that Eurotunnel "must also take responsibility" for securing its premises.

"This is normal ... I am not looking to start an argument," said Cazeneuve as tensions rose between Paris and the Eurotunnel group which manages the tunnel under the Channel.

"The state has multiplied the number of security forces managing the Calais situation by five since 2012," Cazeneuve said, adding that resources would be further boosted with the deployment of the 120 officers.

A man was hit by a truck on Tuesday night as he joined hundreds of others trying to enter the Eurotunnel premises and find a way to smuggle themselves through the tunnel.

Police said there were over 1,500 attempts to enter the Eurotunnel terminal, a day after some 2,000 bids to enter the site.

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