French Aid groups defy order to stop feeding migrants in Calais

French Aid groups defy order to stop feeding migrants in Calais

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Aid groups feeding migrants in the northern French port city of Calais are defying a municipal order to stop.

Hundreds of migrants have trickled back to Calais since authorities evacuated the makeshift camp housing thousands in October.

Aid organisations have been feeding them near the old camp site.
Seven aid groups said on Friday that they are distributing meals because authorities “don’t respect their own (humanitarian) obligations”.

They said the meals can prevent “eventual desperate acts” that Calais City Hall fears.
Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart signed an order on Thursday declaring the area near the closed camp off-limits, in part to prevent “violent acts”.

Francois Guennoc of aid organisation Auberge des Migrants said the groups have changed meal distribution spots and would do so nightly, if needed, to evade police.

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