FRANCE was warned a year ago that turning a blind eye to Channel crossings would create a graveyard at sea.

And it was echoed in Calais last night when the mayor accused Paris of ignoring their pleas for help while record numbers made the perilous 21-mile journey this year.

ReutersNearly 26,000 migrants have arrived in 2021 and drownings have been on the increase '/ '

AFPCalais mayor Natalie Bouchart hit out at President Macron '/ '

Nearly 26,000 migrants have arrived in 2021 and drownings have been on the increase.

More than 4,000 people have crossed in the past three weeks, ten times the number for November 2020.

On November 11, a record 1,185 landed in a single day.

It comes as:

French cops idly watch as migrant rafts head for UK hours before 27 including 5 women and young girl die in the ChannelBoris Johnson accuses French of allowing migrant smugglers to ‘get away with murder’Inflatable dinghy that sank in Channel, killing 27, was ‘frail’ and like a ‘paddling pool’

In contrast, only 1,844 people arrived in all of 2019.

Deaths have also been on the rise with at least ten more migrants known to have drowned in the past three weeks.

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Steve FinnMore than 4,000 people have crossed in the past three weeks, ten times the number for November 2020 '/ '

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