French police have moved into the so-called “Jungle” inCalais to begin dismantling part of the migrant camp.
At the weekend the authorities toured the area urging residents to leave, following a court decision on Thursday approving a government plan to clear the southern part of the shanty town.
On Friday the French government, which has vowed to carry out the order humanely, said some 500 extra places would be made available in reception centres for those displaced.
Thousands of migrants and refugees, many fleeing war and poverty in Africa, Afghanistan and the Middle East, have converged on the northern French port seeking to reach Britain.
But many migrants are reluctant to leave, afraid that they will be detained or documented.