French police officer convicted of assaulting British activist in Calais

PARIS: A French court handed a riot police officer an 18-month suspended jail term on Thursday for assaulting a British migrant-support activist during an operation in Calais.

The court in the coastal town of Boulogne-sur-Mer also barred Sergeant Laurent M. from serving for two years over the events of July 31, 2018.

It also convicted him of giving false evidence about the events but it cleared two more junior officers who had backed up his account.

The northern port of Calais is a key crossing point for migrants trying to reach Britain, with informal camps regularly sprouting up to house the steady influx of people hoping to stow away on a truck crossing the Channel to England.

Several British migrant support groups are active in the area.

The three CRS riot police officers were part of a team deployed to remove migrants from an area near the ring road around Calais. – AFP