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The immigration chief in Calais has said the UK has created "a magnet for illegal immigrants."

Refugees set their sights on Britain

THE FACTORY on the coast at Sangatte used to make equipment for the Channel tunnel. It is now a desolate and cavernous hulk whipped by the North Sea wind. And it is here the young men among the hundreds of refugees gathered in Calais are being penned by French authorities.

France rounds up migrant traffickers

FRENCH POLICE have started an intensive campaign to root out the traffickers in human misery - those who have attracted crowds of illegal migrants to the Channel coast with a promise of a clandestine passage to Britain.

Europe moves to end ferry aid

THE European Commission is planning a campaign to stamp out government aid to shipping and ferry firms, similar to that carried out in the first half of the decade against airlines.

Six nudists to swim the Channel together

SIX BRITISH naturists will tomorrow emerge as nature intended from the chilly waters of the English Channel on to a beach near Calais, writes Mark Rowe.

Afloat on a sea of alcohol, the booze cruisers bid last farewell to duty-free

THE CASUAL observer on P&O Stena's Dover to Calais run yesterday could have been forgiven to think there was some kind of European exodus taking place. Motoring organisations warned of jams on coastal routes while ferries and hovercrafts, many of which were booked solid, warned potential passengers "not to set out unless they had tickets".

`Cheap' deals that were never much of a bargain

DUTY FREE used to be a byword for bargains, but a new survey by The Independent shows that careful high-street shopping can equal or even surpass the VAT-free perk.

Book review: French kisses from Provence's poor sister

Signs of the Heart by Christopher Hope Macmillan, pounds 16.99, 309pp

Clashes as strikers clog Eurotunnel

THOUSANDS OF British holidaymakers suffered a chaotic end to their bank holiday yesterday after French strikers blockaded the Eurotunnel rail link.

Strike halts all Channel traffic traffic stopped

HOLIDAYMAKERS AND truck drivers face the threat of disruption throughout the summer as French transport workers blockaded Channel ports yesterday in protest at EU plans to scrap duty-free shopping.

The 50 Best WHERE TO GO TO GET AWAY THIS SPRING

Daffodils and early blossom announce the end of winter, while just around the corner the Easter holidays are beckoning. How better to get in the swing for spring than with a short break? Rachelle Thackray asked a panel of experts to recommend 50 great getaways, including one or two longer holidays, to suit every personality and every pocket

Football: Non-League Notebook: Wark eyes Wembley

JOHN WARK won a stack of medals during his career with Liverpool, Ipswich and Scotland, but one honour that has so far eluded the 41-year- old is a winner's medal in the FA Carlsberg Vase. That is an omission he might put right this year, if he can help Woodbridge Town beat Thame United in tomorrow's quarter-final tie.

Oscar Wilde, the Burghers of Calais, and now Tom Paine ...

A pressure group wants to honour the great 18th-century radical with a statue. Why now? Robert Butler investigates

Courage at the nocking point

The ancient craft of archery and the deadly art of the bull's- eye can calm the soul, reports Eric Kendall

Travel: Somme fine day ...

Take advantage of northern France's new motorways to explore the quiet coast of Picardy. By Gerard Gilbert

Zoot alors! A fracas in Calais

I WAS privileged last week to be an honoured guest at quite the most delightful wedding. Not only was it an affair of warmth and intelligence, but it gave me the opportunity to renew my acquaintance with Bigelow and Hudson, crusty old retainers of repute. It was Bigelow who took me to one side and appraised me of some quite stunning news.
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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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