Migrants Held in France After Driver Killed at Calais Roadblock

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JUNE 20, 2017, 4:21 A.M. E.D.T.

LILLE, France — A van driver was killed on Tuesday when he crashed into a tail-back on a motorway near the northern French port of Calais where migrants had blocked the way with tree trunks, a local government official said.

For years Calais has been a launching pad for migrants from the Middle East and Africa trying to reach Britain illegally. Last year the French government shut down a makeshift camp known as ‘The Jungle’ that housed thousands of migrants, but large numbers have returned to the area.

Many of them congregate by motorways or along the rail line that goes though the Channel Tunnel, attempting to hide in the back of trucks or stowaway on trains.

“Nine Eritrean migrants found in one of the heavy goods trucks held up by the roadblock were arrested,” the official from the Pas-de-Calais region…

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