France offers right to asylum to protesting Syrian refugees
CALAIS (AFP) - France on Friday offered some 60 Syrians the right to seek asylum after the refugees occupied a key point in the Channel port of Calais in a desperate bid to get to Britain.
Since Wednesday the refugees, 20 of whom are on a hunger strike, have occupied the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port - from where ships leave for Britain - to press London to accept them.
They have voiced disappointment in France, saying they were treated worse than "animals".
In a bid to end the crisis, some 50 police from the CRS anti-riot squad moved in early on Friday to try and clear the refugees from the footbridge but backed off when two of them climbed on top of a nearby building and threatened to jump off if they approached.