Clashes with police have broken out as work got underway to clear part of the shanty town outside Calais in northern France where refugees are trying to reach Britain. Police fired tear gas on Monday, about 150-200 refugees and activists threw stones, and three makeshift shelters were set ablaze, according to a Reuters photographer at the site.
Earlier, one person was arrested for trying to stop a group of about 20 workers under heavy police protection from clearing the site, where about 3000 people are staying.
'The migrants are just going to run and hide in the woods and the police are going to have to go after them,' activist Francois Guennoc of the Auberge des Migrants support group said.
Regional Prefect Fabienne Buccio had said the police presence was needed because 'extremists' could try to intimidate refugees into turning down housing offers or buses to reception centres.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said last week that authorities would work with humanitarian organisations to relocate the refugees to a nearby park of converted shipping containers or other reception centres around France