The Home Secretary wants France to go “over and above” funding provided by the UK to tackle the problem.
A Government source told The Times: “Both the UK and France must do everything within their power to reverse the appalling increase in small boats.
“We are taking rapid action here at home, with our new plan for immigration and the borders bill cutting down the pull factors but it’s important that France surge their efforts to prevent these dangerous crossings.”
The UK last month pledged to provide a further £54million towards French border controls.
The extra funding is hoped to prevent further crossings in a year which has seen record numbers of small boat crossings.
More than 11,000 migrants have attempted the dangerous crossing this year.
A record 592 people attempted to make the crossing in only a single day last Thursday.
The UK Border force is expecting this year’s total number of attempted crossings to exceed 22,000 – almost three times as many as last year.
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“They’ll [migrants] come here for lower pay, working in worse conditions and Priti Patel talks about clamping on migration to combat all the worst crime and people smuggling is total rubbish.”
He added: “Effectively what she’s doing by pushing this migration underground, is strengthening those in organised crime and people smuggling.”