Exasperation in Calais as Britain-bound migrants pour in

Immigrants wait behind a lorry at a stop sign in the northern French city of Calais, on October 24, 2014Calais (France) (AFP) – “Fed up”, an expression that comes up again and again in the French port city of Calais where residents are faced with a growing tide of hungry, penniless migrants sleeping rough. Up to 2,300 migrants are thought to be in Calais and surrounding areas, overwhelming security forces as they make regular attempts to mob the port en masse to try and scramble onto trucks boarding ferries to Britain. “Today we are in a very, very, very serious situation and I’m not afraid to ask Francois Hollande, President of the Republic, to come to Calais and see for himself,” said Laurent Roussel, a bar owner and opposition councillor. “There’s a lot of discussion, a lot of chat here and there, but nothing is changing and Calais residents are fed up.

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