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Hollande promises to dismantle notorious Calais camp

media French President François Hollande has pledged to dismantle the Jungle camp near Calais. REUTERS/Christophe Ena/Pool

French President François Hollande vowed to dismantle a squalid settlement near Calais and prevent similar camps from becoming established in France. Under pressure from the right wing, Hollande, who is due to visit the notorious Jungle settlement near Calais early this week, pledged to combat illegal migration.

“There will be no camps in France,” Hollande said. He also promised to “completely dismantle” the Jungle, where between 7,000 and 10,000 migrants live, and set up “reception and orientation centres around the country” to accommodate asylum-seekers.

The French government has vowed to scrap the Jungle “before winter” and a flurry of preparations underway there suggest the operation may begin shortly.

Migration has been a low-key issue under Hollande’s four-year-old presidency.

But he has been forced to take a visible stance on the issue, under pressure from his conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy – who is hoping to make a comeback as president – and far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Each are promoting platforms of security, patriotism and national interest in early campaigning for next year's elections.

“We will provide a humane, dignified welcome to people who will file for the right of asylum,” Hollande said.

Those whose request has been rejected “will be escorted out of the country. Those are the rules and they are fully aware of them.”

He noted that France would accept 80,000 asylum-seekers this year, a fraction of that accepted by Germany.

Separately, the prefecture for the Pas-de-Calais region said a Sudanese migrant aged about 30 died late Saturday when he was hit by a freight train near the port of Calais.

- with AFP

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