Some 124 migrants, some of Kurdish or Iraqi origin, have been found on a beach in southern Corsica.
It is the first time migrants crossing the Mediterranean have made it to the French island, most normally using Greek or Italian coastlines as their beachhead into Europe, or crossing from north Africa into Spain.
The group includes women, of which five are pregnant, and 38 children, of which nine are babies. The French authorities say many are without documentation, and could be from north Africa or the Middle East.
The group appears to be in good health, but none of them speaks French, although a few have some English.
The French are now searching the nearby waters to discover if there are any more migrants out at sea.
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