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French police use tear gas to disperse Calais camp residents

  • A demonstrator throws stones toward French riot police officers during clashes in a makeshift migrant camp near Calais, northern France, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. French authorities say the closure of the slum-like camp in Calais will start on Monday and will last approximately a week in what they describe as a "humanitarian" operation. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    A demonstrator throws stones toward French riot police officers during clashes in a makeshift migrant camp near Calais, northern France, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. French authorities say the closure of the slum-like camp in Calais will start on Monday and will last approximately a week in what they describe as a "humanitarian" operation. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants carrying their belongings leave a makeshift camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. French authorities say the closure of the slum-like camp in Calais will start on Monday and will last approximatively a week in what they describe as a "humanitarian" operation. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    Migrants carrying their belongings leave a makeshift camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. French authorities say the closure of the slum-like camp in Calais will start on Monday and will last approximatively a week in what they describe as a "humanitarian" operation. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man walks inside a makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. French authorities say the closure of the slum-like camp in Calais will start on Monday and will last approximatively a week in what they describe as a "humanitarian" operation. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    A man walks inside a makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. French authorities say the closure of the slum-like camp in Calais will start on Monday and will last approximatively a week in what they describe as a "humanitarian" operation. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)  (The Associated Press)

French police have fired tear gas to disperse people throwing stones toward them amid rising tensions ahead of the planned dismantling of a slum-like refugee camp near the English Channel.

A small group of asylum seekers on Saturday night kicked and threw rocks at police stationed inside the camp and behind a highway fence that runs along a part of the camp that was razed earlier this year.

An officer grazed by a thrown object briefly retreated from an area by the entrance of the current camp.

French authorities say a heavy police presence is planned for the week-long dismantling scheduled to start Monday.

The camp in Calais, nicknamed the "jungle," has become a symbol of Europe's inability to accommodate the inflow of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.