Misery for Brit holidaymakers as 180 French lorries and tractors begin crippling Calais blockade calling for demolition of Jungle migrant camp

FRENCH farmers and truckers are blocking off main routes in and out of Calais today in a desperate bid to force the closure of the “Jungle” migrant camp.

Under a light rain, around 70 trucks began a “go-slow” on the main A16 motorway – the main artery for freight and passengers heading for Britain.

A man speaks with a cop during the blockade near Calais
A man speaks with a cop during the truckers’ blockade near Calais
The drivers hope the blockade will help force the closure of the vast 'Jungle' camp in Calais
The drivers hope the blockade will help force the closure of the vast ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais
An officer stands guard at the protest, so far involving some 70 trucks
An officer stands guard at the protest, so far involving some 70 trucks

The “go-slow” is designed to grind traffic down to a slow pace before residents form a “human chain” blockade around the port later today.

Although French authorities have vowed to close the camp, protesters want them to set a timeline and date.

Half the camp has already been torn down, but it is still home to at least 7,000 migrants, a record population high.

Frederic Van Gansbeke, who represents businesses and shop-owners in Calais, said: “We’ve had no answers, so we’re blocking things up.”

Nicolas Lotin, who runs a logistics company in nearby Boulogne-sur-Mer said: “Every day, we have to wonder whether our working day will be ruined, whether a migrant will sneak under the truck’s canvas.