PARIS – The Latest on the French president's visit to Calais (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting a migrant center in northern France as he prepares to press Britain to do more to help deal with migrants who converge on the Calais region in hopes of crossing the Channel.
Macron talked briefly Tuesday with Sudanese migrants at the center in Croisilles, home to 63 people. He questioned officials about measures to speed up processing for migrants who agree to apply for asylum in France.
He also asked about migrants who abandon such centers to try to sneak across the Channel instead. The head of the association managing three centers in the Pas-de-Calais region, Guillaume Alexandre, said nearly 70 percent of migrants there leave before filing any paperwork in France.
Macron goes later Tuesday to Calais, and meets Thursday with British Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss accords that effectively put the British border in Calais.
President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the port city of Calais, where hundreds of migrants hide out while trying to make an end run to Britain.
The northern city, laced with high fences and a wall, is the closest point between France and Britain, with two cross-Channel transport systems, the Eurotunnel and ferries that are a magnet for migrants.
Macron is visiting a migrant center before meeting security forces in Calais on Tuesday.
Macron wants changes to the 2003 Touquet Accords that effectively moved the British border to Calais and have left France with the problem of dealing with migrants refused entry into Britain. He is meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Thursday.