80 migrants rescued in English Channel trying to reach UK
The first two boats, with 42 people aboard, were located off the coast near the fishing port of Boulogne-sur-Mer after they contacted the CROSS rescue coordination centre.
A third boat issued a call for help near Dunkirk, and its 38 passengers were brought back to Calais.
Earlier this month French police tore down a new camp housing hundreds of people, mostly young men, outside Calais, which has long been a magnet due to its busy ferry port and the Eurotunnel.
Last year more than 9,500 people crossed or attempted to cross the Channel to Britain from France, a fourfold increase from 2019.
Six people died in the attempts and three others were declared missing.