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Second attempt to storm 'Chunnel'
30 Jul 2015 00:12
An Egyptian man is in a critical condition after sustaining an electric shock at a Paris station while trying to leap onto the Eurostar train to London, said a source close to the case.
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The man sustained the shock at the Gare du Nord station from an overhead power line while trying to jump from the roof of one train to another.
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He was reportedly taken to hospital in a critical condition.
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Eurostar said only that traffic had been interrupted in the afternoon after an accident led to a power cut.
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The incident came after a Sudanese man was killed in the northern town of Calais trying to sneak into the undersea Channel Tunnel in a bid to get to Britain.
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It comes as French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that 120 additional police officers would be sent to Calais to secure the Eurotunnel site, after attempts by migrants to storm the area.
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Mr Cazeneuve said that Eurotunnel "must also take responsibility" for securing its premises.
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Meanwhile, one person has died after 1,500 migrants tried to storm the terminal again, French police said.
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The migrant, a man of Sudanese origin believed to be aged between 25 and 30, was hit by a truck that was leaving a cross-Channel ferry, a police source said.
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The latest fatality brings the number of migrants who died near the Channel Tunnel terminal site to nine since June.
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It is the second night in a row that has seen up to 2,000 migrants attempt to enter the channel tunnel at Calais as they try to reach the UK.
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Six migrants were injured in what was the biggest incursion effort in the last few weeks at the tunnel entrance near Calais, late on Monday and early Tuesday morning, a local official said.
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"Some 2,100 of them entered the site overnight, 1,900 of them were quickly pushed back outside and 200 were arrested," the official told Reuters.
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Tunnel operator Eurotunnel confirmed the intrusion on Twitter, saying it had caused traffic delays.
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