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02/25/2016 11:29 am ET

French Court Upholds Calais Refugee Camp's Partial Demolition

Authorities say they will use force if necessary to move its occupants.
A French judge on Thursday gave the go-ahead to demolish part of the "Jungle," a makeshift refugee camp in Calais, France.
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A French judge on Thursday gave the go-ahead to demolish part of the "Jungle," a makeshift refugee camp in Calais, France.

CALAIS, France (Reuters) - A French judge on Thursday upheld a government plan to partially demolish a shanty town for migrants trying to reach Britain on the outskirts of the northern port of Calais, an official spokesman said.

"The order is applicable, except for common social areas," the spokesman for the Pas-de-Calais prefect's office said.

An official deadline for at least 1,000 migrants to leave the southern part of the so-called "jungle" camp expired on Tuesday and the authorities have said they will use force if necessary to move them to alternative accommodation in a nearby container park and other reception centers.

 

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