A French court has rejected a bid to close the 72 eateries and shops in the makeshift migrant camp in Calais, but the prefecture says it will continue inspections and legal action against what it calls a dangerous underground economy.
The Lille court on Friday turned down the demand of the prefecture of the Pas de Calais region, representing the State, to close the operations – which humanitarian organizations contend are a lifeline for the migrants.
A statement by the prefecture said the installations don't respect sanitation rules, pose a fire risk and are a source of public disorder.
The French government provides some free meals, but not enough, according to aid groups.
The ruling comes as two local charities supporting migrants reported a surprise increase in the camp's overall population.
According to a census conducted by l’Auberge des migrants and Help Refugees between August 6 and 9, some 2,000 migrants moved into the camp in July, representing a population increase of 29 percent and bringing the overall population to 9,106 people. Of those, 865 are minors, 676 of whom are unaccompanied.
The camp's overcrowding has increased the risk of fire and generated tensions in ever-longer queues to access showers and food, according to the two organizations.
"We've proposed, in vain, a real dialogue bringing together the government, charities and refugee representatives. [Interior Minister] Bernard Cazeneuve is running around the South of France congratulating firefighters for their work there. But the North is where the fires could soon break out", warned l’Auberge des migrants in a Facebook statement.
(FRANCE 24 with AP)
Date created : 2016-08-12
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