Minister to visit Calais as anti-migrant tension rises

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Posted: Sep 02, 2016 3:37 AM

PARIS (AP) — Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is to visit the French port city of Calais three days before residents, local businesses, dockers and truckers plan protests to demand that an overcrowded migrant camp be closed.

Cazeneuve meets on Friday with local officials, business representatives and police who man roadways to keep migrants from hopping trucks to Britain.

Record numbers of migrants seeking to get to Britain — possibly more than 9,000 — are currently living in the makeshift camp, reduced in size by half in March.

Authorities have said the camp must be fully dismantled, but protesters want a date. They say migrants have become an economic drain on the city and a stain on Calais' image.

Tensions between migrants have led to clashes, and two died in fights within a month.