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Calais refugee declares 'I will never give up' trying to get to UK as Emmanuel Macron warns Britain

Refugees in Calais have told ITV News they will "never give up" trying to reach the UK through illegal means - as the French president ramped up pressure on Britain to take in more people.

More than 1,000 children and adults are still sleeping rough in the channel ports of Calais and Dunkirk, a big decline from the days when 7,000 lived in the now-demolished Jungle camp.

But there are an estimated 300 daily attempts to board UK-bound lorries and those holding out remain hopeful and defiant.

"I will try every day," one young man told ITV News, his face masked behind winter clothing. "I will try to go (to the) UK because I (have) hope. (I'll) never give up."

Emmanuel Macron pointedly visited the channel port ahead of his UK visit.

The UK has faced criticism for taking in only 750 unaccompanied children from northern France since 2016.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who will meet Theresa May in the UK on Thursday, is set to demand Britain both take more refugees and contribute more to the funding of the existing border controls.

He is demanding an update of 2003's Le Touquet accords that keep the UK border controls on French soil.

Mr Macron pledged in his election campaign to rip up the border treaty if Britain fails to renegotiate.