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Minister to visit Calais as anti-migrant tension rises

  • FILE - This Aug.24, 2016 file photo shows an aerial view of the migrant camp, right, in Calais, northern France. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is to visit Friday Sept. 2, 2016 the French port city of Calais three days before residents, local businesses, dockers and truckers plan protests to demand that an overcrowded migrant camp be closed. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

    FILE - This Aug.24, 2016 file photo shows an aerial view of the migrant camp, right, in Calais, northern France. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is to visit Friday Sept. 2, 2016 the French port city of Calais three days before residents, local businesses, dockers and truckers plan protests to demand that an overcrowded migrant camp be closed. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This Aug.24, 2016 file photo shows an aerial view of the migrant camp in Calais, northern France. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is to visit Friday Sept. 2, 2016 the French port city of Calais three days before residents, local businesses, dockers and truckers plan protests to demand that an overcrowded migrant camp be closed. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

    FILE - This Aug.24, 2016 file photo shows an aerial view of the migrant camp in Calais, northern France. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is to visit Friday Sept. 2, 2016 the French port city of Calais three days before residents, local businesses, dockers and truckers plan protests to demand that an overcrowded migrant camp be closed. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2016 file photo, an Afghan migrant walks with food at the migrant camp in Calais, northern France. Tempers are rising among migrants squeezed in record numbers into a shrinking slum camp in France's port city of Calais, where hours-long waiting lines for food and showers and the tightening grip of security forces are leaving emotions raw. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2016 file photo, an Afghan migrant walks with food at the migrant camp in Calais, northern France. Tempers are rising among migrants squeezed in record numbers into a shrinking slum camp in France's port city of Calais, where hours-long waiting lines for food and showers and the tightening grip of security forces are leaving emotions raw. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)  (The Associated Press)

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is to visit the French port city of Calais three days before residents, local businesses, dockers and truckers plan protests to demand that an overcrowded migrant camp be closed.

Cazeneuve meets on Friday with local officials, business representatives and police who man roadways to keep migrants from hopping trucks to Britain.

Record numbers of migrants seeking to get to Britain — possibly more than 9,000 — are currently living in the makeshift camp, reduced in size by half in March.

Authorities have said the camp must be fully dismantled, but protesters want a date. They say migrants have become an economic drain on the city and a stain on Calais' image.

Tensions between migrants have led to clashes, and two died in fights within a month.