AFP and The Associated Press
© Philippe Huguen, AFP | This file photo taken on August 16, 2016 shows an aerial view of the “jungle” camp in Calais where over 9000 migrants live according to different NGOs.
Three competing rallies are being held Saturday in Pierrefeu in southeast France. The mayor led several hundred people protesting the government’s plan to house migrants in an abandoned wing of a psychiatric hospital while they apply for asylum. Left-wing activists rallied to welcome the migrants instead.
The far-right National Front plans its own anti-migrant protest later. National Front politicians were also present at a protest Saturday in Forges-les-Bains south of Paris, where about 40 Afghan migrants recently were relocated from Calais.
The government plans to close the Calais camp in the coming weeks.
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