Keyword: Dunkirk

French mayor behind gutted migrant camp vows it will return

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Displaced migrants from the destroyed Grande-Synthe camp were offered shelter inside one of the town's gymnasiums. © Reuters Displaced migrants from the destroyed Grande-Synthe camp were offered shelter inside one of the town's gymnasiums. © Reuters

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.

One dead after N France chase of 'people smugglers' in British car

The UK-registered Audi was chased by Belgian police across border into France where its four occupents, reportedly Iraqis, were shot at and arrested.

British Labour Party leader visits 'disgraceful' Dunkirk migrant camp

Jeremy Corbyn met migrants and aid workers during a tour of the Grande-Synthe camp where he said 'dreadful' conditions made it a 'disgrace'.

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.

Dunkirk flotilla sails to France for 75th anniversary events

Around 50 small boats arrived in the French port to commemorate Operation Dynamo in which 338,000 troops were rescued from Nazi forces.

French boy dies after being hit by ice hockey puck at match

The eight-year-old was killed after being hit in the head while sitting in the stands at a match in the Dunkirk arena.