The Barrier Between France and Britain

“Calais: the final frontier,” by Stuart Franklin for the Financial Times:

At 10am, on a busy Friday morning at the Port de Calais, I watch a line of lorries drive on to the P&O ferry Spirit of France. Four yellow-vested security staff with a sniffer dog weave between the waiting vehicles, which have already passed through two sets of hangars equipped with heartbeat detectors. This is their last check before they roll off at Dover and head up the motorway. In France, the UK border is in Calais.

According to the Home Office, “In the year to April 2013, 11,000 attempts to cross the Channel illegally were prevented.” In Calais, according to the deputy mayor Philippe Mignonet, this translates to between 40 and 50 people caught each night and six or seven people getting through, hidden inside any one of the 3,500 trucks that cross to England every day…

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