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Tear down the Jungle! French interior minister vows to destroy the Calais camp and relocate thousands of migrants across France… but his opponents want them sent to Britain

  • French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve plans to bring camp down
  • Socialist minister wants migrants to be relocated elsewhere in France
  • But opponents such as Nicolas Sarkozy want migrants to be sent to Britain 

The vast ‘Jungle’ camp full of UK-bound migrants in Calais is set to be torn down, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced today.

As he prepared to visit the port town, the Socialist politician said he wanted to see the thousands living there dispersed to other parts of France.

It follows pledges by his conservatives opponents, including former president Nicolas Sarkozy, to also raze the Jungle, but to send those living there straight to Britain.

The vast ‘Jungle’ camp full of UK-bound migrants in Calais is set to be torn down, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced today (stock image)

Mr Cazeneuve said he would press ahead with his own plans ‘with the greatest determination’, so as to ‘unblock Calais’.

Outlining a policy that has failed in the past, he said coaches and planes would be used to take them to refugee centres as far away as the south of France.

Earlier this year, demolition crews supported by riot squads demolished the south side of the camp.

Police block A16 road and use tear gas on migrants in Calais

Despite the destruction of hundreds of shelters, the number of people in the Jungle has almost doubled to around 10,000.

‘We have dismantled the southern area in early March, and we have already begun that of the north’, said Mr Cazeneuve.

‘This has to be done in stages, starting with creating more accommodation places in France, so as to relieve Calais.’

Speaking to Nord Littoral newspaper, Mr Cazeneuve insisted the number of people in Calais was in fact less than 7,000, and that more than 5,000 have been dispersed to centres around France over the past year.

Tensions are on the rise in ‘Jungle’ Calais migrant camps

Mr Cazeneuve said he would press ahead with his own plans ‘with the greatest determination’, so as to ‘unblock Calais’

In the meantime, Mr Cazeneuve wants to increase the record 1,900 French police currently in Calais to around 2200.

This is in response to the increasingly fraught security situation, which has seen gangs of migrants regularly blocking roads to try and get aboard lorries heading for England.

It comes as Paris prepares to welcome thousands of new migrants when at least three new refugee centres open in the capital city this month.

One – next to the Bois du Boulogne – is almost complete, while the main one, close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar hub, is still being built.

All will be designed to give refugees a safe and warm place to stay before they continue with their journeys.

As he prepared to visit the port town, the Socialist politician said he wanted to see the thousands living there dispersed to other parts of France (stock image)

They are expected to attract thousands of asylum seekers from countries such as Afghanistan and Syria who want to get to Britain.

The French capital is already inundated with migrants who sleep rough in city parks, or under flyovers or railway bridges.

Riot police regularly destroy their illegal settlements, but it is impossible to move them on because even if they are dispersed in coaches, they almost always come back again.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was in Paris on Tuesday, when she and Mr Cazeneuve, pledged ‘close co-operation’ in dealing with the growing migrant crisis.

But there are fears that the French are becoming increasingly frustrated with having to deal with thousands of migrants who simply want to go to Britain.

There are presidential elections in the Spring, and if the right-wing Republicans are elected then they could try to force the populations of all the refugees camps in France across to Britain.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3770538/Tear-Jungle-French-interior-minister-vows-destroy-Calais-camp-relocate-thousands-migrants-France-opponents-want-sent-Britain.html

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