“The smuggler we arrested last night had German license plates,” said France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on Thursday on RTL television. “He bought these rubber boats in Germany.” In general, many of the boats used by smugglers on the Channel coast came from the Federal Republic. “The smugglers buy these inflatable boats in Germany with cash.”
In the wreck of the boat, which was on the way to Great Britain, 27 people were killed on Wednesday, according to a preliminary assessment. In the evening, four allegedly involved smugglers were arrested, a fifth then in the night, as Darmanin said. Only a week ago, the Dutch police stopped a suspected smuggler coming from Germany on the motorway towards France.