French Vow to Destroy 'Jungle' Route to Britain

The Evening Standard (London, England), September 17, 2009 | Go to article overview

French Vow to Destroy 'Jungle' Route to Britain


Byline: Peter Allen in paris

FRANCE's largest illegal migrant camp will be razed "by the end of next week" with inhabitants told: "You will not get to England any more via Calais."

French immigration minister Eric Besson gave riot police the green light to clear the notorious "Jungle" near the port-- and made it clear that he was having to take tough action because Britain was "soft" on immigration.

"The paradoxical situation in which France finds itself is that we're trying to protect entry to the United Kingdom," said Mr Besson.

"But enough is enough," he said in a television interview. "You won''t get to England any more via Calais."

Of about 2,000 foreigners living rough near Calais, about 800 mainly Iraqi and Afghan immigrants are in the lawless area of waste ground, which they use as a base to try to board Doverbound trains and lorries illegally.

Mr Besson said police supported by army units would "destroy the Jungle before the end of next week". "The vast majority of people living in the camp are Muslims and we would not want to offend them by launching our raid during Ramadan," said an officer. …

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