Keyword: Calais

French authorities try to pry migrants from Calais camp

After court ruling, officials go from tent to tent trying to convince residents in the so-called 'Jungle' to leave.

French court gives green light to Calais 'Jungle' evacuation

Activists who had sought to stop evacuation of the southern half of the migrant camp say decision will leave thousands with nowhere to go.

Belgium reintroduces border controls to keep out Calais migrants

Belgians aim to prevent potential influx of UK-bound migrants if part of the 'Jungle' camp in the French ferry port of Calais is demolished.

Jude Law, Tom Stoppard join recitals in Calais 'Jungle' before evictions

The actor and playwright were among group of performers reading out literary and historical letters with migrants peforming songs and own texts.

Charities denounce police and militia 'attacks on migrants' in Calais

UK and French associations report children are among victims who have suffered stabbings, broken bones, severe bruising and head trauma.

Half of Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp to be razed

Some 1,000 migrants are to be displaced from a part of the the makeshift and insalubrious camp which the authorities will raze next week.

Former French general held at Calais anti-Islam rally

General Christian Piquemal, who was head of French Foreign legion in 1980s, says he was 'shocked' by police behaviour at banned protest.

Anti-migrant protesters in Calais clash with police

Officers forced to break up demonstration by 150 protesters in Calais carrying signs such as 'This is our home' and waving the French flag.

French prosecutors probe attacks on Calais 'Jungle' migrants

At least six attacks on migrants at the makeshift camp in France are being investigated as volunteer legal teams say violence is 'endemic'.

Migrants and activists to stand trial after weekend incidents in Calais

Six migrants and two activists from No Borders group will stand trial Monday after they were arrested for storming a ferry in the Channel port.

Port of Calais closed down after migrants storm ferry

About 50 migrants boarded the boat during incidents at a pro-migrant march by some 2,000 people before police evacuated them in early evening.

The shameful container camp for Calais migrants

The container camp in Calais. © Reuters The container camp in Calais. © Reuters

Most of the estimated 6,000 migrants gathered in the French port of Calais in the hope of crossing the Channel to Britain live in dire conditions in a sprawling makeshift camp commonly called 'the Jungle'. As part of a longterm plan to raze the makeshift shacks and tents, the authorities have begun evacuating part of the site to build a camp with living quarters made out of containers that have no water or cooking facilities. Many migrants are refusing to move in to what resembles a prison, surrounded by fencing, watched over by video surveillance cameras, access to which is controlled by biometric readers. In this opinion article, singer and songwriter La Parisienne Libérée, who regularly commentates on current affairs for Mediapart in music and images, denounces a "shameful" project that has cost 20 million euros of public money.

Former UK soldier cleared of 'people smuggling' charge by French court

Rob Lawrie was instead given a fine for placing a child in danger after trying leave Calais for the UK last october with a 4-year-old Afghan girl.

Ex-UK soldier on trial in France for helping Afghan girl reach England

Rob Lawrie, 49, stands trial in Boulogne on Thursday for trying to smuggle young Afghan girl from miserable migrant camp to join her aunt in UK. 

France to build first official refugee camp for 13 years

The £1.1 million migrant centre will be built near existing shanty town at Grande-Synthe, just five miles from the ferry port at Dunkirk.