Work starts on wall near Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp

2016-09-20 16:26
Workers dig foundations of a wall near the “Jungle” migrant camp along the road to Calais. (Philippe Huguen, AFP)

Workers dig foundations of a wall near the “Jungle” migrant camp along the road to Calais. (Philippe Huguen, AFP)

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Calais - Building work began on Tuesday on a wall to protect the port in the northern French city of Calais from repeated attempts by migrants to stow away on trucks heading for Britain, an AFP reporter said.

The wall, one kilometre long and 4m high, will pass within a few hundred metres of the sprawling migrant camp known as the "Jungle", which charities say now houses more than 10 000 people.

The wall will extend the wire fences that already run down each side of the main road leading to the port.

Local authorities say the wall is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

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