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France: UK should ‘do their part’ after destruction of Calais camp – Hollande01:36

France: UK should ‘do their part’ after destruction of Calais camp – Hollande

France, Doue-la-Fontaine
October 29, 2016 at 18:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

French President Francois Hollande urged the UK play their part in the relocation of minors who have become stranded following the dismantling of the Calais migrant camp, during an address to press in Doue-la-Fontaine, Saturday.

“There are 1,500 minors isolated in Calais. They will be transferred very quickly to other centres,” stated Hollande, before adding “I spoke yesterday to the British Prime Minister and Bernard Cazeneuve did the same with his UK Interior Minister counterpart, so that the UK can accompany these minors to the centres and do their part to accompany them to the UK.”

The President also went on to reference the refugee camp in Paris, stating that French government would “evacuate the camps in Paris, because it can't be a long-lasting situation.” Continuing, Hollande stated “We can't allow these people to end up there. We can't leave local citizens to put up with a certain amount of inconvenience.”

The statement from Hollande comes amid escalating tensions between France and the UK over the future of the refugees in Calais. The demolition of the camp, where around 10,000 refugees and migrants were living, began on Monday following an order from the French President.

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French President Francois Hollande urged the UK play their part in the relocation of minors who have become stranded following the dismantling of the Calais migrant camp, during an address to press in Doue-la-Fontaine, Saturday.

“There are 1,500 minors isolated in Calais. They will be transferred very quickly to other centres,” stated Hollande, before adding “I spoke yesterday to the British Prime Minister and Bernard Cazeneuve did the same with his UK Interior Minister counterpart, so that the UK can accompany these minors to the centres and do their part to accompany them to the UK.”

The President also went on to reference the refugee camp in Paris, stating that French government would “evacuate the camps in Paris, because it can't be a long-lasting situation.” Continuing, Hollande stated “We can't allow these people to end up there. We can't leave local citizens to put up with a certain amount of inconvenience.”

The statement from Hollande comes amid escalating tensions between France and the UK over the future of the refugees in Calais. The demolition of the camp, where around 10,000 refugees and migrants were living, began on Monday following an order from the French President.

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