Dominic Hughes watched as police scuffled with protesters
French police have moved in to dismantle a makeshift camp set up by migrants near the port of Calais.
French officials said 278 migrants had been held in the operation at the camp known as "the jungle". More than 1,000 were thought to have already left.
Rights protesters scuffled with police and some arrests were reported.
UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson said reports Britain would be forced to take some of the migrants were wrong but that it would help "genuine refugees".
Rights activists initially formed a human chain as the operation began early on Tuesday.
AT THE SCENE
Dominic Hughes, BBC News, Calais
Not long after sunrise, French police headed to the camp known as "the jungle". Around 600 officers sealed off the site and started to move in.
A group of local protesters had gathered campaigning for the rights of the migrants. Some of them clashed with police as they began to clear the site. There were some scuffles and a few people were arrested but the migrants mostly stood silently, some of them crying.
They held banners saying, "the jungle is our house, please don't destroy it", but in truth this is a dirty, squalid camp of makeshift tents and shelters and it had become a magnet for migrants desperate to reach British shores.
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