Courts orders France to provide water, sanitation to Calais migrants

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© DENIS CHARLET / AFP | Migrants and refugees walk in a field towards the Marcel Doret industrial estate, near the French Channel port of Calais, northern France, on July 28, 2017.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-07-31

France’s highest administrative court on Monday rejected the government’s appeal against an order to provide water and sanitation facilities for hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in the northern port of Calais.

In a written decision seen by AFP, the Council of State said the state’s failure to provide for the migrants’ basic needs “exposed them to inhuman and degrading treatment, dealing a serious and clearly illegal blow to a basic right.”

The council noted that migrants, “who find themselves in a state of destitution and exhaustion, have no access to running water, showers or toilets and cannot therefore wash themselves or their clothes.”

The situation had caused some to…

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