Workers dig foundations of a wall near houses along the road leading to the harbour of Calais, northern France on Sept. 20, 2016 to stop migrants from jumping on lorries heading to Britain. / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN
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Building work began Tuesday on a wall to protect the port in the northern French city of Calais from repeated attempts by migrants to stow away on trucks heading for Britain, an AFP reporter said.The concrete wall, one kilometer (half a mile) long and four meters (13 feet) high, will pass within a few hundred meters of the sprawling migrant camp known as the "Jungle," which charities say now houses more than 10,000 people.Local authorities say the wall is also designed to dissuade people traffickers from operating around the Jungle.The population of the Jungle has swelled by more than 1,000 people since August, bringing the total population to more than 10,000, two charities working there said Monday.
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