Four UK-bound migrants were shot and four others seriously injured by improvised weapons in Calais tonight as police tried to break up a bloody fight between rival gangs.
Two clashes broke out in the northern port city.
Deutche Welle says the four shot were all Eritreans between the ages of 16 and 18.
Interior Minister Gérard Collomb spent the night onsite in an attempt to defuse what he described as "a degree of violence never witnessed".
"We have reached an escalation of violence that has become unbearable for both those from Calais and migrants", Gerard Collomb said. Police are seeking a shooting suspect but have made no...
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The fights that have recently increased in Calais drew the attention of the French government, with the interior minister announcing a surprise visit there to "take stock of the situation".
The shootout came at a time of rising tensions over the situation in Calais, a symbol of France's struggle to manage Europe's ongoing migrant crisis.
Migrants continue to converge on Calais in the hopes of crossing the Channel to Britain.
The migrants have the option of going to reception centers where they can apply for asylum in Calais or elsewhere around the country.
In January, Macron responded to some of these critiques, notably a scathing report published by Human Rights Watch in July 2017.
The violence comes as an anti-squat operation was carried out by police on Thursday morning. On Twitter, Collomb confirmed that "reinforcements will be deployed to ensure public safety and preserve the Republican order in Calais".
"They don't have access to legal assistance or even sleeping bags". "And then you have the smugglers trying to make money on people's misery".
The prefecture said the gunfire was the culmination of a showdown between Afghan and Eritrean migrants, fighting each other with sticks and stones, after a meal distribution near the Calais hospital, outside the town center.