France to put forward proposals for tacking the Channel migrant crisis

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The channel is to put forward proposals to deal with the migrant crisis as the interior minister suggested talks with the UK could resume.

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Gerald Dormanin has said Prime Minister Jean Castex will write to Boris Johnson on Tuesday with proposals for a “balanced agreement” between Britain and the European Union.

He said the discussion could happen “very quickly” if the British were ready to hold talks in “serious spirit”.

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A government source said it appeared to be a “positive” move following a diplomatic dispute that erupted after a migrant boat capsized last week with the death of 27 people.

French police look on the coast in Vimarex, north of Boulogne (Stephen Rousseau/PA) , PA Wire

Mr Johnson angered French President Emmanuel Macron when he posted a letter on Twitter calling for joint patrols on French beaches and the return of migrants who manage to make dangerous Channel crossings.

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Mr Macron said it was not a serious way to hold talks, while Home Secretary Priti Patel was denied a meeting in Calais on Sunday of ministers from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to discuss the crisis.

But speaking at a news conference on Monday, Mr Darmanin said the two countries needed to work together to tackle a common problem.

“There is no double-speak at this time, and we can discuss in serious spirit, and our private exchanges are in line with our public exchanges, with the French government ready to resume discussions with Great Britain,” he said. “

Mr Darmanin said Mr Castex’s proposals could include opening a legal route to the UK for asylum seekers and allowing unaccompanied minors to join relatives in the UK.

Although he said that France could not accept the practice of returning boats at sea, “this is a red line for the French government”.

Meanwhile Mr Johnson is due to hold online talks with another major European player – Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Cru.

Downing Street insisted a return agreement, as Mr Johnson set out in his letter, would be the “single biggest deterrent” for migrants attempting the Channel crossing.

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