‘Jun­gle’ camp must be dis­man­tled, says Hol­lande

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FRENCH Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande said on a visit to the port of Calais yes­ter­day that the sprawl­ing “Jun­gle” mi­grant camp there would be “com­pletely dis­man­tled”.

Mr Hol­lande, on his first visit to Calais as pres­i­dent, also called on Bri­tain to “play its part” in re­solv­ing the mi­grant cri­sis.

Most of the mi­grants in the camp, many of them from Su­dan and Afghanistan, want to go to Bri­tain and try to stow away on lor­ries head­ing across the Chan­nel.

“I am de­ter­mined to see Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties play their part in the hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­fort that France is un­der­tak­ing here,” Mr Hol­lande said, flanked by se­cu­rity forces.

The French pres­i­dent met with po­lice, port of­fi­cials and lo­cal politi­cians but was not ex­pected to visit the camp it­self.

The “Jun­gle” holds be­tween 7000 and 10,000 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous es­ti­mates.

Calais au­thor­i­ties are build­ing a wall funded by Bri­tain to pre­vent mi­grants from smug­gling onto lor­ries head­ing to the port. –

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