There have been consistent reports that several hundred people died a few days ago as they attempted to reach Europe by sea.
France expresses its deep sadness over this latest tragedy.
According to estimates by the high commissioner for refugees, with this tragedy, nearly 2,000 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. This underscores more than ever the urgent need to implement the European decisions to combat the criminal organizations that do not hesitate to place refugees and migrants on overloaded boats in poor condition in order to maximize their profits. It is essential to prevent these boats from putting out to sea.
This tragedy also illustrates the need to address the underlying causes of population displacements, working with the countries of origin and transit. It is up to the international community to provide a strong, coordinated and comprehensive response to a challenge that concerns us all. France will do its part in this effort.