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Channel migrants: UK officials travel to France for talks following the tragedy

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The UK and France have held “positive” talks on tackling trafficking following the deaths of 27 people in the Channel, a government source has told the BBC, according to the BBC.

British officials are travelling to France later on Thursday to meet their equivalents and talk about how they can better work together.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will meet her French opposite number on Sunday, BBC News understands.

On Thursday more people made the journey despite Wednesday’s deaths.

The 27 deaths marked the biggest loss of life by drowning in the English Channel on record and included 17 men, seven women – one of whom was pregnant – and three children.

France’s interior minister Gerald Darmanin said regional prosecutors had launched an investigation into aggravated manslaughter.

He said two survivors were in a critical condition in a French hospital, where they are being treated for severe hypothermia. One is Iraqi and the other Somali, he told RTL radio.

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