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Seven injured in Calais clashes

A clash between about 200 migrants trying to get to Britain from the northern French port city of Calais has left seven injured.

Police union official Gilles Debove said the clash near a tent camp between migrants from Afghanistan and Eritrea left one with a broken leg. Others suffered superficial wounds.

Calais is the destination of choice for migrants trying to sneak by truck or ferry across the Channel. Many reached Europe via Italy.

The clash grew out of a dispute that erupted during a daily meal serving after someone cut the food line today.

Christian Salome, of the Auberge des Migrants association which distributes meals, said tensions were high because of tough, winter living conditions and slow lorry traffic that diminished chances to get to Britain.

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