Calais 'Jungle' camp will be closed down by end of 2016, French President insists

Francois Hollande has insisted the Calais 'jungle' camp will be closed down. Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau

The French president has pledged to close down the Calais migrant camp known as the 'Jungle' by the end of the year.

Francois Hollande said that the camp was "not acceptable" and "extremely difficult" for refugees fleeing war zones.

Mr Hollande, who will visit Calais on Monday, insisted that "we cannot have such camps in France" and added that his country must show it is "capable of being dignified, humane and responsible".

He added that the camp's 9,000 occupants will be moved to reception centres across France.

Half of the Calais camp was dismantled in March but its population has since doubled.

The closure plan will see 40 to 50 people being held at each of the reception centres in regions across France for up to four months while authorities investigate their cases.

Those who do not seek asylum would be deported.