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The dismantling of the "Jungle" migrant camp is like "D-Day" for the Port of Calais, its chief executive has said.
However, Jean-Marc Puissesseau has warned that the clearance would be a "waste of time" unless a police presence is maintained in the city to stop refugees and migrants who want to travel to the UK from gathering there again.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today, Mr Puissesseau said: "I am a very, very happy man.
"It's for us really the D-Day.
"Because I will not say it was the war here but since two years (ago) we are living in constant stress and living (with) a lot of attacks on the highway to try to slow down the traffic and to try for the migrants to get into the lorries and so on."
A Sudanese refugee has said he will rough it in a "big city" as the Calais camp is cleared for demolition.
He said he sought a place with "a house and a good school" but would now have to be sleep outside while looking for it.
The first bus to leave the camp known as the 'Jungle' reportedly contained Sudanese people.
Unaccompanied minors are believed to be the only group staying in Calais and will be taken to containers within a secure area of the camp.
The orderly queuing of refugees to leave the Calais 'Jungle' camp has come after a night of fiery unrest and clashes with police.
Camp residents threw stones at French riot police on the perimeter who responded by firing tear gas as a number of vehicles were torched.
The head of refugee crisis charity Care4Calais has apologised for likening the treatment of asylum-seeking refugees by French authorities with the plight of the Jews under the Nazis.
Clare Moseley told ITV's Good Morning Britain she "felt very bad" for the comments made while her emotions were "running wild" as the charity worked to support refugees during the mass 'Jungle' camp clearance.
Care4Calais workers supplied thousands of rucksacks over the weekend and worked to prepare refugees psychologically for today's mass eviction.
Ms Moseley warned that refugees still faced an uncertain future due to a lack of information on where they are being taken.
Residents of the "Jungle" camp in are split into different groups as processing takes place in Calais.
People are split into over-18s, families, minors, and the most vulnerable.
More than 1,200 police are surveying the operation amid rising tensions.
ITV News Producer Ellie Swinton is in Calais:
It is believed that people are being given different coloured wristbands depending on which region they say they would like to be sent to.
Aid workers have advised the refugees and migrants to register for the buses together as they believe it will give groups of friends or communities the best chance of not being separated.
The clearance of refugees and migrants from the "Jungle" camp in Calais has begun.
Residents have starting the process of getting registered and bussed to temporary accommodation elsewhere in France.
ITV News producer Ellie Swinton is in Calais:
Crowds queued in the pre-dawn dark to register for accommodation centres in France after they were told they must leave the camp or face the risk of arrest or deportation.
Many of those queuing said they had no idea where they were going.
Demolition of the camp is expected to begin on Tuesday.
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Teenagers gathered at a makeshift church in the Calais 'jungle' just days after authorities declared the operation to clear the camp over.
Those still left after the demolishing of the 'Jungle' camp were seen wrapped in blankets as they prepared to sleep rough.