A child rides his bicycle in a makeshift camp for migrants near Calais, France, Thursday Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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A French judge Thursday upheld a government plan to partially demolish a shanty town near the port of Calais for migrants trying to reach Britain, an official spokesman said.An official deadline expired Tuesday for at least 1,000 migrants to leave the southern part of the so-called "Jungle" camp, on the outskirts of the northern port town.The court did not immediately publish details of the decision by Judge Valerie Quemener, who was responding to an appeal by some 250 residents and nine charity groups for an injunction suspending the evacuation.The government says other various reception centers spread across France can absorb the remaining migrants, with 600 beds immediately available, but many refugees said this week they would continue to try to reach Britain, where they believe a better life awaits them.
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