PARIS – An official in the northern French port of Calais says that 2,100 migrants tried to storm the area surrounding the Eurotunnel early Tuesday before being repelled by police.
The official, who spoke on condition she not be named because she wasn't authorized to speak publicly, said police arrested 200 of the migrants. She said it was the largest such attempt by migrants to enter the site.
Calais is a key port for sea and land crossings to Britain. In recent months, thousands of migrants from Eritrea, Sudan and beyond have camped out around the city, and some try to sneak across the English Channel by getting onboard trucks and freight trains.
The encampments have soured relations between Britain and France, which blame each other for failing to cope with the crisis.