Calais. Decathlon withdraws from sale its kayaks, used by migrants to cross the Channel

An unprecedented decision. The Decathlon stores in Calais (Pas-de-Calais) and Grande-Synthe (Nord) have announced that they are withdrawing from sale kayaks that can be used by migrants to cross the Channel, reports The voice of the North.

These articles are “diverted from their sporting use” and “can be used as boats to cross the Channel”, according to the company, which tells AFP that “it is not the design that is given to these products, nor their primary utility “. The sign specializing in sports articles justifies this withdrawal by a use that “could endanger the lives of people who use them as part of a crossing”. It indicates that the decision was taken “at the store” and “validated by the company”.

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Decathlon adds that these kayaks remain available for sale online and in other stores, and specifies that “products which improve safety at sea such as vests, oars or thermal protection will always be available at the sale “in Calais and Grande-Synthe.

Three migrants reported missing on Friday

Three migrants were reported missing on Friday after trying to cross the Channel on kayaks to England, amid a new record for Channel crossings in small boats.

Two kayaks were found adrift off Calais on Thursday, and two castaways rescued by the gendarmerie.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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