Calais in shutdown after hundreds of migrants storm port

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The Port of Calais has been closed this evening after a storm of migrants broke into the harbour.

Around 500 migrants stormed the site and some have even made it on to ferries in a desperate attempt to reach Britain.

It came after a protest organised by French leftists to support migrants living in squalid conditions in the northern city of Calais drew around 2,000 people, according to organisers.


The protest on Saturday came as British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the region, which is temporary home to about 4,000 migrants camped out in hopes of finding a better life in Britain, across the Channel.

French officials said a group of 500 people forced their way through police lines and headed to the port, and 150 people were able to get into the fenced-off area.


The Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart closed the port and said around 50 migrants made…

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