On his first visit to the migration flashpoint of Calais, French President Francois Hollande vows to close the so-called “Jungle” camp, adding that France must also ensure that migrants live in “dignified conditions”. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Hollande vows to shut Calais “Jungle” camp
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STORY: French President Francois Hollande promised to close the infamous camp in Calais — currently home to at least 7,000 migrants — for good on the first visit to the town of his presidency on Monday (September 26).
The “Jungle” camp sprung up on the outskirts of the port as migrants hoping to reach Britain were halted at the border, with many living in squalid conditions in ramshackle huts and makeshift lodgings provided by the French government.
Some 80 percent of the migrants living in the camp are eligible to claim asylum in France and will be sent to 164 centres across the country.
The government’s handling of the migrant crisis in Calais has become politically sensitive and for Hollande’s detractors the visit has been too long in coming.
Presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy became the latest politician to visit the town last week.
Hollande will also meet with local officials and lay the first stone of the city’s new port during his visit.