A makeshift immigrant camp that has sprung up not far from the former Sangatte official clearing centre outside Calais is to be closed down. French officials say the camp is illegal, and allows migrants to gather before heading for Britain. Immigration minister Eric Besson said the closure will send a strong message that people-traffickers can no longer use Calais.
Known as The Jungle, some one and a half thousand people with their eyes on the UK live in its unsanitary mixture of tents and temporary structures. Now they may have to find somewhere else to live as early as the end of next week. Many of the migrants are from Iraq or Afghanistan. They seek entry into the UK by any means possible, often trying to storm the channel tunnel, or hide under cross-Channel lorries. Hundreds had already fled before the police arrived to break it up. But they have nowhere to go, and may creep back once the authorities have gone.