french politician accused of smuggling migrants into u.k.

Last week in France, a politician and her son were arrested and charged with trying to illegally smuggle immigrants into Britain: French politician accused of smuggling migrants into UK.

Christine Chocat, a municipal councilor from Seine et Marne south of Paris, is accused of bringing 16 Vietnamese migrants into Portsmouth, Hants in the back of a hired van.

The 13 Vietnamese men and three women were found crouching in the back of the vehicle as it arrived from Cherbourg. All were on the ferry Normandie Express, which was raided by officals from the UK Border Agency.

Chocat and her son have been charged with assisting unlawful entry into an EU state. The migrants, who were thought to have paid for their passage in cash, were sent back to France immediately.

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