Britain has agreed to shovel cash to seal Calais border SIX TIMES in just four years after new offer which brings total to £170m

THERESA MAY'S offer of £44million to strengthen the Calais border is the SIXTH bailout handed to France in less than four years, The Sun can reveal.

The PM today agreed to hand over a new slice of cash to Emmanuel Macron's government to shore up security at the Channel crossing – bringing the total to nearly £170million.

But Tory MPs warned Mrs May that she should not continue to spend money on Calais indefinitely amid fears the latest payout could be seen as "a bung to Macron".

Today's announcement follows at least five previous offers of cash to the French since September 2014.

Each one was trumpeted as key to securing Calais and stopping the unrestricted flow of migrants from France to the UK.

In late 2014, Mrs May – then Home Secretary – signed a deal to spend £12million of taxpayers' money on Calais.

The cash was due to be spent on new fences and a campaign to convince migrants they would not be able to build a better life in Britain.

A year later, in August 2015, Mrs May again visited Calais and pledged £7million to pay for migrants to return to their home countries.

In March 2016, David Cameron agreed to pay then-president Francois Hollande £17million to help the French police guarding the border, and move migrants away from the hotspot port.

Another handout came in September that year when Britain contributed £2million to a concrete wall along the Calais motorway, stopping migrants sneaking on to cross-Channel ships.

And the next month, Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced a further £36million bailout for Calais.

She said the cash would be used to "maintain the security of controls, to support the camp clearance and to ensure in the long term that the camp is kept closed".

The total amount spent by Britain on Calais security is nearly £170million over the past few years, including all of the bailout money.

French officials are believed to have spent around £440million on the port in the same period.

Dover MP Charlie Elphicke told The Sun: "There's a pattern of giving the French money for Calais, and there needs now to be more investment in Dover."

Tory Andrew Rosindell warned ministers: "If it starts to look like we are subsidising the French government to do things they should be doing themselves, there would be concerns.

"What they have to is to justify why Britain is spending that money – it can't just be a bung to Macron."

Mr Macron today made his first official visit to the UK since become president of France last year.

He held talks on security with Mrs May at Sandhurst, the military academy in Berkshire.

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