France considers night drones to help authorities tackle border crime 

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France is considering the use of drones at night to tackle organised crime gangs running people-smuggling operations.

The drones would be deployed to patrol the French northern coast to fight against the illegal operations using small boast.

According to The National, the news comes after home secretary and prime ministerial hopeful Sajid Javid spoke with French minister of interior Christophe Castaner on Friday.

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74 migrants on eight boats were reportedly intercepted by authorities the previous weekend which sparked the demands for action from within his party.

Mr Javid commented: “The suggestion from Minister Castaner to mobilise additional coastal patrols and explore aerial surveillance options is exactly the type of action that will build on the progress we have already made.”

The UK said 539 people in 2018 tried to cross the waterway between France and UK, which is more than 32 kilometres at its shortest distance.

If drones were to be deployed, it would build on the security cameras and night-vision goggles already used.

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