French Police Shoot Illegal Immigrants With Rubber Bullets
French police have shot illegal immigrants with rubber bullets to stop them crossing the Channel to the UK illegally by boat.
An investigation carried out by the French authorities ended in the first known case made public of guns being used to stop a boat leaving with illegal immigrants.
It marks a major escalation of tension on the beaches, as gendarmerie night patrols completely fail to control the massive influx of boats heading for Britain.
Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has threatened to withhold the £54million Britain will pay to the French government for beach patrols in northern France if they keep failing to reduce the conveyor belt of dinghies crossing the Channel.
Two Iranian Kurds hit by the rubber bullets were taken to hospital, one with a fractured leg and the other with a broken hand.
The shooting of the illegals is believed to have happened after an altercation between some illegal Iranian Kurds intent on launching the dinghy and the French patrol unit determined to stop them.
The incident happened in the early hours of the morning under darkness at Dunkirk as eight illegal Iranian Kurds carried a dinghy towards the Channel. The dinghy was reported to have 40 illegal immigrants waiting to get on-board and head to the UK.
When the police arrived, they shouted stop. The eight Iranian Kurds reportedly refused to stop and then attempted to run away from the scene.
This incident took place just five miles from Grande Synthe, a suburb of Dunkirk where thousands of illegal immigrants live waiting to reach the UK.
French judicial sources insist their beach patrols only use such a show of force when it is proportionate and if the officers are placed in danger by a ‘seriously hostile situation.
French judicial sources insist their beach patrols only use such a show of force when it is ‘proportionate’ and if the officers are placed in danger by a ‘seriously hostile situation’.
This year, over 17,500 illegal immigrants of various nationalities have reached the UK by boat.
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