A MUM was today pictured sobbing while cradling her young child after the Calais Mayor said Britain has “declared maritime war” over the migrant crisis.
The woman was seen wiping away tears on Dungeness Beach in Kent after crossing the Channel earlier today.
A group of at least 14 people were seen sat on the beach as Britain and France continue to clash over how to stem the flow of boats crossing the 21-mile strait.
The Mayor of Calais said the UK has “declared maritime war” on France after talks between the British and French Governments ended without a new agreement yesterday.
Dozens of migrants have attempted to make the dangerous crossing between France and England in the past few weeks.
More than 4,000 have reached the UK this year – double that of last year.
Mayor Natacha Bouchart said Priti Patel wanting to send in Navy boats to help was a “declaration of maritime war”.
She told France 3: “The British themselves have created this hot air by not reviewing their own reception systems and are content to hand out lessons and by subjecting the people of Calais to this situation for too long.”
Of the reports to use the Navy she added: “Technically I don’t even know how they would do, and I think the [French] government would oppose it.
“Here we are hostile to it (the Navy). Rather than accept migrants who would work in the black market, Boris Johnson would do better than to teach us lessons, would be better to create better laws to accept people in his own country.”
The British themselves have created this hot air by not reviewing their own reception systems.”
She called on the Brits to open up their own check points for refugees to apply for asylum and register with the British authorities in France.
“The British government should take its responsibility, open reception centres where they can choose who from the migrant population they want,” she said.
And she claimed the French “image” and economy was being damaged by the ongoing crisis.
France has said it wants another £30million to help them stop the flow of boats – and say they can’t keep up with patrolling hundreds of miles of coast.
Britain has already paid more than £100million to fund the French response to the crisis in recent years.
The Sun revealed earlier this week how sick smuggling gangs were luring people to make the crossing with cut-price deals, and telling them their kids would go free.
In some cases the price to cross, which can be up to £5,000, has dropped to £500.
Brexit Party boss Nigel Farage told Dan Wooton’s TalkRADIO Drivetime show earlier today: “The French want another £30 million of our money to police their coastline… in return for nothing.
“It’s all part of the Brexit negotiation. They think the more they can humiliate us, the weaker we will be in the end of these negotiations.”
A charity worker in northern France told The Sun: “We’ve spoken to people intercepted en route to the UK who have told us how babies and infants are getting into dinghies for free.
“Younger children and teenagers are being allowed on for just a few hundred pounds a time.”
A source added: “The prices these gangmasters charge has dropped a hell of a lot recently.
“They are also tempting people by saying if you get stopped you can try again and again until you do cross.”