President Francois Hollande said Monday that France will shut down "The Jungle" migrant camp in Calais.
Image: An aerial view shows "The Jungle" in Calais, France
Makeshift shelters, tents and containers where migrants live in what is known as "The Jungle" in Calais, France, on Sept. 7. CHARLES PLATIAU / Reuters
"The situation is unacceptable and everyone here knows it," Hollande said on a visit to the northern port city where as many as 10,000 migrants from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan live in squalor.
"We must dismantle the camp completely and definitively," he added.
France plans to relocate the migrants in small groups around the country but right-wing opponents of the Socialist leader are raising the heat ahead of the election in April, accusing him of mismanaging a problem.