French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a visit to Calais, northern France, Tuesday, Jan.16, 2018. (AP Photo)
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President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday vowed that France would no longer allow migrant camps like the notorious "Jungle" as he defended a tougher line on immigration that has attracted sharp criticism from some of his allies.In a closely-watched speech in Calais, Macron promised a more orderly immigration policy with zero tolerance for camps like the Jungle, the squalid shantytown near the northern city's port that was once home to some 10,000 migrants dreaming of Britain.Macron has said he wants to step up expulsions of economic migrants, while speeding up waiting times for asylum applications -- an approach he touts as mixing "humanity" and "efficiency".It currently takes 18 months on average to process an asylum claim in France -- and Macron promised Tuesday to cut this to just six months.Macron defended frazzled local police, stressing they were working in difficult conditions as they struggle to stop migrants blocking the roads in an attempt to slow trucks enough to jump onboard.
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