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France abusing migrants in Calais, says watchdog

Human Rights Watch in a report says French officials are subjecting adults and children living in migrant encampments around Calais to degrading treatment. "If the aim is to discourage migrants from gathering in northern France, these policies are a manifest failure and result in serious harm," said the NGO's France director, Bénédicte Jeannerod. An estimated 2,000 people were staying in and around encampments in Calais in mid-2021, notes the report.

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Italy on edge as neo-fascists stir violence

Neo-fascist groups are planning new protests in Rome after last weekend's riots, in a heady climate in which the pandemic and immigration have fuelled extremist feeling.

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