The disgraceful events of the Place de la République

France — Opinion

On Monday evening in central Paris, migrants and journalists were physically abused by police engaged in a brutal, manu militari evacuation of a makeshift camp set up on the Place de la République. The police violence was exposed in images circulating on social media and which would be banned if draft legislation currently before parliament is approved. In this joint op-ed article, Mediapart co-editor in chief Carine Fouteau and social affairs editor Mathilde Mathieu argue that the overnight events are a representation of the liberticidal drift of President Emmanuel Macron’s administration, and may prove to be a political turning point.

France says its missiles found in Libyan camp were 'unusable'

International — Link

Four US-made Javelin anti-tank missiles, bought by France and discovered by forces loyal to the UN-backed Libyan government in a camp used by enemy troops serving Libya’s eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, were left by a French military unit on 'counter-terrorism operations' and were 'damaged and unusable' according the defence ministry in Paris.

French mayor behind gutted migrant camp vows it will return


A migrant camp close to the Channel port of Dunkirk, in north-east France, which housed about 1,500 people in wooden sheltered accommodation, was razed to the ground in a huge blaze on Monday that was started during fighting between groups of Iraqi Kurds and Afghans. The events have further fuelled anti-immigrant rhetoric from candidates campaigning in the French presidential elections, and placed in question the outgoing socialist government’s already reluctant support for the site. But, as Carine Fouteau reports, the local mayor behind the creation of the camp, which opened only last year, has pledged to rebuild it.

Fire destroys Grand-Synthe migrant camp near Dunkirk

France — Link

At least ten people were reported injured among the camp's more than 1,000 residents when the blaze, which broke out following fighting between Afghans and Kurds, levelled its closely packed wooden huts.

French president visits Colombian rebel camp

International — Link

François Hollande, on the second leg of a South American tour and who is the first French president to visit Colombia in 30 years, pledged further support for the country's peace process, which it already partly funds, during a visit to a Farc rebel camp.

France to shut down Paris migrant camp

France — Link

Following removal of Calais 'Jungle', President Hollande targets camp in capital and says such makeshift settlements are 'not worthy' of France.

Calais migrant camp children to begin transfer to Britain 'in days'

International — Link

Hundreds of unaccompanied minors trapped in the "Jungle" migrant shantytown in Calais, which is due to be demolished, are to be allowed entry into Britain to join relatives as French and British officials speed up the transfer process.

Migrant street camp in north Paris evacuated

International — Link

The 2,628 migrants who were living rough on mattresses and in tents were given temporary accomodation in gyms and a retirement home.

Migrants evicted from open-air Paris street camp

International — Link

Around 500 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan and sheltering under an overhead metro line, were taken to accomodation centres.

Calais camp refugees burn shelters as demolitions resume

France — Link

One refugee group says six shelters were on fire and claims watching police prevented attempts to douse flames.

Half of Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp to be razed

International — Link

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.

France to build first official refugee camp for 13 years

France — Link

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.

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


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.

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.

Police clear migrant camp on France-Italy border

International — Link

Italian town of Ventimiglia, where a camp of around 50 people remained, was a flashpoint at start of Europe's migrant crisis earlier this year.