Several people died trying to cross the Channel to Great Britain in a rubber dinghy, French authorities said.
An Interior Ministry official told French news agencies that national maritime services recovered " several bodies, including five dead and five unconscious, according to initial estimates ".
The French Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, is traveling to Calais. He tweeted his "strong emotion " at the capsizing and said he could not stress enough the "criminal character of the traffickers who organize these crossings ".
Despite worsening winter weather conditions, attempts continue by refugees and migrants to make the data dangerous crossing to Kent by the coast. French officials have worried in recent months that the English Channel will not become another place - like the Mediterranean - where people drown as they risk their lives on makeshift boats.
Earlier this month, it is estimated that 1,185 people crossed the Channel by boat in one day, a record for crossings in a single day.
Three peopledrowned in the rough sea lane earlier this month.
More than 23,000 people have crossed the Channel to the UK by boat to the UK. 'now this year, a marked increase from 8,400 in 2020. The UK government accused France not to be in control of the situation.
The French Ministry of the Interior says it is honoring its commitments to prevent the departures of small boats, with more than 600 police and gendarmes stationed on the north coast every day, 24 hours a day.
France claims to have increased its success rate in stopping crossings, with 62.5% of departures stopped in 2021, compared to around 50% last year.