France announces migrant death in Calais, 10th in 2 months

30th July 2015, Comments 0 comments

French authorities said Thursday that a migrant had died from head injuries suffered in a weekend attempt to cross the Channel into England, bringing the number of such deaths to 10 since June.

The man tried on Sunday to leap onto a Eurotunnel shuttle heading through the Channel Tunnel to England but smashed his head on the platform.

He died on Tuesday from his injuries, said a local prosecutor.

Every night, hundreds of migrants make desperate attempts to enter the Eurotunnel premises in order to get to Britain, seen as an Eldorado.

In the early hours of Thursday, several hundred attempts were made -- which was nonetheless a sharp decline compared to the previous two nights.

French authorities have bolstered security around the Eurotunnel terminal in the northern port city of Calais, sending some 120 extra police officers as a temporary measure.

© 2015 AFP

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