CALAIS, FRANCE — African migrants are ambushing trucks, jumping on vacationers' cars and fighting over turf, new tactics in an increasingly desperate struggle to cross the English Channel to Britain — the land they see as their Eldorado. Pouring in at an ever-faster pace, they are overwhelming Calais police and fueling a far-right backlash.
Calais officials in turn have hunkered down in crisis mode, increasing security and making threats to Britain, which they accuse of not helping to shoulder the burden.
Mayor Natacha Bouchart, saying her city is being held hostage, vowed last week to shut down the enormous port — an illegal act — if British Prime Minister David Cameron doesn't visit Calais to assess the problem.
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