French judge views Calais "jungle" before migrants' appeal

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French Judge Valerie Quemener, centre, tours a makeshift camp outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. An expulsion order against people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa the Mideast and Asia, to move out of a camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis, has been suspended pending a court decision. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Migrants walk in the so-called 'Jungle' migrant camp which will be destroyed in Calais, on February 23, 2016. A French court said on February 23, 2016 it was delaying its ruling on the demolition of half of the refugee camp in Calais known as the 'Jungle', just hours before a deadline for residents to be evacuated. Emotions were running high in the 'Jungle' on the outskirts of the northern port city of Calais, where many residents had refused to leave despite a 1900 GMT deadline to vacate the southern half of the camp. Local authorities say a total of 3,700 people are living in Jungle, and between 800 and 1,000 will be affected by the eviction. / AFP / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
A young migrant stands in a makeshift camp outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. An expulsion order against people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa the Mideast and Asia, to move out of a camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis, has been suspended pending a court decision. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
French officials tour a makeshift camp set outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. People fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia are facing an evening deadline to move out of the camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
French magistrate in charge of the case of the Calais migrant camp known as the 'Jungle' (C) talks to journalists as she visits the camp on February 23, 2016 in Calais, northern France. A French court said on February 23, 2016 it was delaying its ruling on the demolition of half of the refugee camp in Calais known as the 'Jungle', just hours before a deadline for residents to be evacuated. Emotions were running high in the 'Jungle' on the outskirts of the northern port city of Calais, where many residents had refused to leave despite a 1900 GMT deadline to vacate the southern half of the camp. / AFP / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants watch French officials tour a makeshift camp set outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. People fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia are facing an evening deadline to move out of the camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A migrant stands in a makeshift camp outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. An expulsion order against people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia to move out of a camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis has been suspended pending a court decision. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Migrants watch French officials tour a makeshift camp set outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. People fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia are facing an evening deadline to move out of the camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
An elder migrant watches French officials tour a makeshift camp set outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. People fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia are facing an evening deadline to move out of the camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A migrant walks in a makeshift camp outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. An expulsion order against people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia to move out of a camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis has been suspended pending a court decision. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Migrants walk through a makeshift camp set outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. People fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia are facing an evening deadline to move out of the camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
French magistrate in charge of the case of the Calais migrant camp known as the 'Jungle' (C) talks to journalists as she visits the camp on February 23, 2016 in Calais, northern France. A French court said on February 23, 2016 it was delaying its ruling on the demolition of half of the refugee camp in Calais known as the 'Jungle', just hours before a deadline for residents to be evacuated. Emotions were running high in the 'Jungle' on the outskirts of the northern port city of Calais, where many residents had refused to leave despite a 1900 GMT deadline to vacate the southern half of the camp. / AFP / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (R) leaves with French Senator and Le Mans' mayor Jean-Claude Boulard (L) after giving a speech following his visit at a hosting center for migrants, in Le Mans, western France, on February 22, 2016, on the eve of the planned evacuation of half of Calais' 'Jungle' refugee camp. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
A migrant walks next to a makeshift shop in the so-called 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, on February 23, 2016. A French court said on February 23, 2016 it was delaying its ruling on the demolition of half of the refugee camp in Calais known as the 'Jungle', just hours before a deadline for residents to be evacuated. Emotions were running high in the 'Jungle' on the outskirts of the northern port city of Calais, where many residents had refused to leave despite a 1900 GMT deadline to vacate the southern half of the camp. Local authorities say a total of 3,700 people are living in Jungle, and between 800 and 1,000 will be affected by the eviction. / AFP / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
A migrant stands next to his makeshift shop in the so-called 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, on February 23, 2016. A French court said on February 23, 2016 it was delaying its ruling on the demolition of half of the refugee camp in Calais known as the 'Jungle', just hours before a deadline for residents to be evacuated. Emotions were running high in the 'Jungle' on the outskirts of the northern port city of Calais, where many residents had refused to leave despite a 1900 GMT deadline to vacate the southern half of the camp. Local authorities say a total of 3,700 people are living in Jungle, and between 800 and 1,000 will be affected by the eviction. / AFP / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
French Judge Valerie Quemener tours a makeshift camp outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. An expulsion order against people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa the Mideast and Asia, to move out of a camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis, has been suspended pending a court decision. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Migrant run towards a clothes distribution centre in a makeshift camp outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. An expulsion order against people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia to move out of a camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis has been suspended pending a court decision. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A migrant walks through a makeshift camp set outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. People fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia are facing an evening deadline to move out of the camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A migrant makes a phone call from the outskirts of the migrant camp outside Calais, France, Monday Feb. 22, 2016. Authorities issued an expulsion order Friday for hundreds of migrants living in this huge swath of the Calais camp, demanding that they remove their makeshift homes and possessions within four days. Residents of the southern sector of the camp, known locally as "the jungle," must clear out by 8 p.m. Tuesday so it can be razed, according to the order by the state authority for Calais. Police will remove those who refuse to clear out, the order said.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
CALAIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 23: Refugees provide goods from refugee-run store at the camp known as the 'Wild Jungle' on February 23, 2015 in Calais, France as evacuation deadline comes close to an end. French police have given residents a deadline to move shelters and tents from away from the motorway and nearby houses for security reasons. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A migrant walks past a makeshift restaurant in a camp set outside Calais, France, Monday Feb. 22, 2016. Authorities issued an expulsion order Friday for hundreds of migrants living in this huge swath of the Calais camp, demanding that they remove their makeshift homes and possessions within four days. Residents of the southern sector of the camp, known locally as "the jungle," must clear out by 8 p.m. Tuesday so it can be razed, according to the order by the state authority for Calais. Police will remove those who refuse to clear out, the order said.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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CALAIS, France, Feb 23 - A French judge toured a crowded shanty town known as "the jungle" near the northern port of Calais before her court hears an appeal on Tuesday against a government decision to demolish half of the camp for migrants trying to reach Britain.

The administrative tribunal in regional capital Lille was to decide whether closing part of the site would violate human rights after several local charities and migrants requested a temporary injunction to halt the planned evacuation.

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Judge Valerie Quemener viewed the jumble of tents and wooden shacks and was shown plans for the partial dismantling as well as a site meant to accommodate some of the evacuated migrants in converted shipping containers.

She met several charity representatives but declined to speak to journalists.

Refugees living in the south part of the camp were ordered last week to leave the area before 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Tuesday after which authorities will be empowered to remove remaining tents and trash, if necessary by force.

The interior ministry says the move will affect 800 to 1,000 people but local activists said at least 3,400 migrants including women and young children will have to clear the area.

There was little sign of anyone preparing to move out of the southern part of the camp.

"There are more than 3,000 people who are living here, we have schools here, mosques, everything inside the 'jungle'. So it becomes like a small city and they (authorities) want to end this," Sikender, from Afghanistan, told Reuters.

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In Lille, the court was due to hear appeals by 250 migrants and 10 associations against the interior ministry order to dismantle the southern part of the zone. It was not clear whether the tribunal would rule immediately or adjourn a decision for a few days.

"People are obviously awaiting the (court) decision," said Dominique Bernard, who works with Medecins Sans Frontières.

"They are talking about it but are not expecting a great outcome, I can see they feel very resigned," she said.

Altogether some 4,000 people are believed to live in the "jungle," down from some 6,000 in December. The authorities would like to see the number fall to around 2,000.

The container park opened last month has a total capacity of 1,500, along with an existing building intended to accommodate some 500 women and children.

Thousands of people have converged on Calais over the past year trying to reach Britain where most want to resettle. Many have tried to force their way into the Channel Tunnel or stow away aboard goods trucks. Their presence has led to tension with the local population and a permanent police deployment.

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