Calais

Anti-migrant protesters in Calais clash with police

France — Link

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

France — Link

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

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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

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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

France — Opinion

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

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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

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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

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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.

French police fire tear gas as 'over 800 migrants' storm Channel Tunnel

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Police say number of migrants trying to enter tunnel near Calais was 'unprecedented' for daytime as most attempts take place when it is dark.

Migrants in Calais defy official attempts to dismantle 'the jungle'

International — Link

Relocated refugees sent to holding centres around the country are returning to the channel port, intent on entering Britain.

The controversial new strategy to draw migrants out of Calais 'jungle'

International

The northern French port of Calais was this week the scene of violent clashes between police and migrants who continue to gather in their thousands in the hope of crossing illegally into Britain. While a recent security clampdown at the port and Channel Tunnel entrance has succeeded in reducing incursions, migrants continue to arrive in Calais and the numbers living in the infamous makeshift ‘jungle’ camp have swollen significantly. As winter approaches, the authorities are attempting to disperse the migrants, some to holding centres, others into temporary accommodation, while actively inciting them to apply for asylum in France. Carine Fouteau reports.

Police cordon off Calais homes after continued clashes with migrants

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Householders complained of intrusions by migrants who stole objects to block lorries, amid three nights of violent clashes with police.

Pilot whales found washed up on beach in northern France

France — Link

Only four of ten pilot whales discovered stranded for unknown reasons on sands near Calais survived operations to return them to the sea.

What Calais residents really think about the migrant crisis

France — Report

In just a year the number of migrants living in the so-called 'New Jungle' camp at Calais in north-east France waiting to get to the UK has doubled to around 6,000. The migrant question has now become a key issue in December's regional elections, with the head of the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, standing for the region that includes Calais. But what do the town's residents think about the migrants and their plight? As Haydée Sabéran found out, it is a complex picture.

Two migrants die in separate Calais accidents

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After a man believed Syrian was hit by a car on a local motorway Thursday, another person died after being hit be a Channel Tunnel freight train.