Anti-refugee rhetoric is a useful distraction from government corruption and incompetence.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel's invitation to talks was withdrawn after a row between UK PM Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron over migrant crisis.
Relations between Paris and London were already seen as being at their most tense in decades following a series of disputes over Brexit, but the personal criticism between Macron and Johnson represents a further turn for the worse.
Demonstrators also stood in solidarity with activists on hunger strike who are protesting the plight of migrants and refugees and the systemic harassment they face on a daily basis.
At least three migrants have died this week as they traversed perilous waters and dangerous railways to Britain from France.
Under the most trying of circumstances, Eritrean refugees found ways to harness creativity and foster channels for their voices to be heard.
French police break up a camp of about 800 migrants in the port city of Calais, but rights associations say the operation was pointless.
Northern France has been attracting refugees and migrants trying to reach the UK since the 2000s. Activists warn that women and girls especially face dangers, such as sex trafficking, rape, and other forms of gender violence.
Refugee Rights Europe says refugees and migrants in northern French city are at risk of imprisonment, deportation, and even death.
Four refugees are in critical condition after being shot during a brawl between Eritrean and Afghan refugees in the northern French port city of Calais on Thursday.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May promises to pay $62 million for fences, security cameras and other measures in the coastal town of Calais and British ports overlooking the English channel.
French President Macron addresses alleged police brutality against migrants in the northern port city of Calais, saying punitive action will be taken against the police for abuse.
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