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The grim lives of the migrants cornered in Calais

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Extrait de « Qu'ils reposent en révolte » © Sylvain George Extrait de « Qu'ils reposent en révolte » © Sylvain George

Tensions were running high this week in the French Channel port of Calais, which since the late 1990s has become a major gathering site for migrants, essentially from Africa and central Asia, hoping to cross illegally to Britain by any available means. Riot police fired tear gas grenades during clashes with migrants who tried to storm trucks bound for Britain, and intervened to deal with fighting between armed rival migrant groups. Meanwhile, an Ethiopian woman was killed as she tried to cross a motorway beside the port, the third migrant to die on nearby roads in as many weeks. On Friday, far-right Front National party leader Marine Le Pen seized on the situation to make a high-profile visit to the port on Friday, when police struggled to keep her supporters and opponents apart. The grim reality of the daily lives of the migrants, so often ignored amid political rhetoric and cross-Channel arguments about how to improve the port’s security, is portrayed in an acclaimed and compelling documentary by French filmmaker Sylvain George, which Mediapart presents here in its entirety.

The mystery of the 'disappeared' of Gaza

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Quartier de Chajaya, Gaza, septembre 2014 © Pierre Puchot Quartier de Chajaya, Gaza, septembre 2014 © Pierre Puchot

The International Committee of the Red Cross calls it “a major problem”, while the United Nations says it has no idea of the numbers involved. The one thing that is certain is that at least hundreds of families in Gaza are still looking for relatives who have disappeared without trace following the 50-day Israeli offensive that began in July. For some, the answer may lie beneath the rubble of destroyed buildings that still litter the land. But there is also speculation that other missing Palestinians may be detained in Israel, or have met death as they fled by sea to Europe. Mediapart’s Middle East and North Africa affairs correspondent Pierre Puchot reports from Gaza on an enduring mystery that has become something of a taboo.

French police join protests near Calais - demanding more police for migrants

Officers say there are not enough of them to cope with the large number of migrants crossing the area in the hope of reaching Britain.

Britain to contribute 15M euros to help Calais crackdown on migrants

The agreement announced on Saturday provides for tighter border controls and increased cooperation between French and British police.

African migrant clashes in Calais leave 51 injured

Police in used tear gas to stop a third recent incident of fighting between Sudanese and Eritrean migrants in the French channel port.

French police make fresh move on Calais migrants

Officers clear makeshift camp housing some 500 migrants at a food distribution point close to the French port where they had been squatting.

 

Riot police dismantle Calais migrant camps

The insalubrious camps of migrants hoping to reach Britain, were razed for what officials said were health and safety reasons.

France urges Europe meeting on migrants after Italy tragedy

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says it is up to European political leaders to find a solution, adding 'compassion is not enough'.

Syrian migrants 'ready to die' to reach British shores

Dozens of Syrian refugees in France, who have blocked an entry ramp to English Channel ferries in Calais, say they are determined to get to UK.

Europe, a destination to die for - for African migrants

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Clément, a young man from Cameroon, was simply seeking a better life in Europe. But in March, while trying to cross from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Melilla, witnesses say he was so badly beaten by law enforcement officers that he died of his injuries. An Italian documentary producer was there just after his ordeal and filmed his final hours. Carine Fouteau reports on the continuing scandal of the way migrants are treated at the gateway to Europe.

Sarkozy, Berlusconi unite to block free movement in Europe

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi this week called for a reform of the Schenghen Agreement that allows passport-free, cross-border travel across most of the EU. They want the treaty to allow for a return to tight policing of frontiers, in reaction to the arrival in Europe in recent months of thousands of migrants fleeing strife-torn North Africa (photo). Carine Fouteau reports on why such a move is unnecessary and more of a nod to domestic electoral considerations than a considered response to a growing humanitarian crisis.