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French gov't pledges more security forces in Calais after violent migrants brawls

03 February 2018, 03:25 | Cassandra Thompson

GETTY TWITTER CALAIS Police responded to major clashes between migrants near the ferry port

Calais fight

"Mr. Macron said the Sandhurst Treaty signed on Thursday - the first joint treaty on the Calais border in 15 years - would "enable us to improve the relationship and the management of the joint border" and reduce the time taken to process migrants.It would mean the time taken to process migrants hoping to come to the United Kingdom from Calais, would be reduced from six months to one month for adults and 25 days for children".

Afghan and Eritrean migrants in the city, a gateway to Britain, had been fighting with sticks and stones before the shots were fired, regional authorities said.

The shootings are the most serious clash in recent times between migrants around Calais.

A fight pitting Afghan migrants against African migrants started Thursday afternoon close to a hospital where meals were being distributed, France Info reported.

Collomb said two extra police units were en route and warned of growing tensions in Calais, where migrants converge in hopes of crossing to Britain.

Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart reacted with fury to the incidents, saying such violence "was absolutely unacceptable". This wasfighting between migrants, these were turf wars. This is a security issue.

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The violence comes two weeks after President Emmanuel Macron visited Calais to say migrant camps like the "Jungle" that was razed in 2016 must not be rebuilt.

During a keynote speech in the port town, he said police and other agencies would stop them boarding trains, lorries and ferries heading for the UK.

"There will be people here at their wits' ends faced with this increasingly violent presence among a certain number of migrants, who it is plain to see are organised in gangs", Collomb told reporters after spending the night in Calais.

"The fundamental challenge is to ensure the security of the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel". However, the police regained control more quickly in that instance.

'We need to reduce the asylum application period from eighteen months on average today to six months, as do our European neighbours, ' he said.

Authorities routinely dismantle smaller camps built by migrants in the Calais area, and there have been reports from charity groups and migrants that abuse has occurred in the process.



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