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France says UK has moral responsibility to take migrant children

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd Reuters/Toby Melville

France's interior minister said Britain has a moral duty to take in hundreds of migrant children currently in Calais's Jungle camp ahead of a meeting with the UK's Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Monday. An Eritrean migrant died on Sunday night after being hit by a British motorist on the motorway into the Channel port.


 "I am solemnly asking Britain to assume its moral duty", Cazeneuve told RTL radio.

Several hundred unaccompanied minors in Calais have family in Britain, he said. "We are in the process of drawing up a precise list and the British need to live up to their responsibilities. We have lived up to ours."

He would pass that message to his British counterpart with "the greatest clarity" when he met her at 1.00pm in London, he added.

Last week Cazeneuve said there were up to 950 children in the Jungle camp, many of them without their families.

"When all the cameras are turned on these unaccompanied minors that the British won't take, people will see, so it is in their interest to take them," he told RTL.

The camp is to be cleared, although the timetable has yet to be announced.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said that the operation will start in the next few weeks.

Eritrean dies after car accident

An Eritrean man died on Sunday night after being hit by a car on the A16 motorway into Calais earlier in the evening.

A woman in her 30s who was with him was slightly injured.

The pair were among a group of migrants who were trying to put up barricades so as to slow traffic and board lorries heading for the UK.

The driver of the car that hit them, a British national, presented himself to border police at the entrance to the Channel tunnel.

The man is the 14th migrant to die in the Calais area since the beginning of the year.


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