French judge allows partial demolition of Calais 'jungle'

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 25, 2016 10:42 AM

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.

(Reporting by Matthias Blamont; Writing by Paul Taylor)