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French rule out migrant help centre in Calais

By Elaine Ganley

France's interior minister has ruled out creating a help centre for migrants in the increasingly tense port city of Calais, and said that the death of a truck driver blamed on migrants is also a humanitarian issue.

Gerard Collomb said he feared a help centre would lure migrants back to Calais. Thousands of migrants were forced out of a makeshift camp there last October.

Mr Collomb added that he will present a new asylum plan within two weeks to President Emmanuel Macron. The minister's visit to Calais came days after the death of a Polish truck driver whose small vehicle crashed into one of three large lorries stopped by a blockade of tree trunks and branches.

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