French police use tear gas to disperse migrants – article + videos

French police use tear gas to disperse migrants

Riot police try to stop migrants as they renew attempts to cross into Britain via Calais Eurotunnel.

[03 Aug 2015 05:35 GMT | Al Jazeera ]  French riot police have used tear gas on migrants who attempted to cross the Eurotunnel from Calais into Britain.  More than 200 migrants tried to cross the undersea tunnel from Calais on Sunday.

The migrants broke down several levels of fencing by the tunnel’s entrance but French riot police responded by moving them away from a motorway and spraying them with tear gas.

Thousands of migrants have tried to make it into the tunnel in recent weeks with hopes of finding a way onto a train or lorry headed for Britain. At least 10 migrants have died attempting the dangerous journey since June. 

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from Calais where many of the migrants have been camping for months, described the conditions in the camp as “utterly atrocious”.   [ Read more]

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