French police use tear gas to disperse Calais camp residents

AP , Sunday 23 Oct 2016

French far-right Front National (FN) party member of parliament Marion Marechal-Le Pen (C) arrives to attend a rally against the possibility of migrants from Calais being housed in a camp near the village of Grambois in La Tour-d'Aigues, southern France, on October 23, 2016 (Photo: AFP)

French police have fired tear gas to disperse people throwing stones toward them amid rising tensions ahead of the planned dismantling of a slum-like refugee camp near the English Channel.

A small group of asylum seekers on Saturday night kicked and threw rocks at police stationed inside the camp and behind a highway fence that runs along a part of the camp that was razed earlier this year.

An officer grazed by a thrown object briefly retreated from an area by the entrance of the current camp.

French authorities say a heavy police presence is planned for the week-long dismantling scheduled to start Monday.

The camp in Calais, nicknamed the "jungle," has become a symbol of Europe's inability to accommodate the inflow of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.

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