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Hollande vows to shut down growing Paris migrant camp

Published 29/10/2016

Thousands of migrants have been moved from the Calais camp (AP)
Thousands of migrants have been moved from the Calais camp (AP)

French president Francois Hollande has vowed to shut down a growing migrant camp in Paris, after his government cleared out 5,000 people from a site in Calais in an effort to tackle the migrant crisis.

Mr Hollande met migrants brought from Calais to a reception centre in Doue-la-Fontaine in western France.

"We cannot tolerate camps," Mr Hollande said, calling them "not worthy" of France.

He said the latest camp to spring up in Paris will be evacuated, too.

About 1,500 under-age migrants remain in Calais in a special shelter, and Mr Hollande urged British authorities to "do their part" to settle them in Britain.

Calais is a magnet for migrants from the Middle East and Africa seeking to reach Britain, and its camp was a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis.

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