A retired French general who took part in a protest against migrants in the northern port of Calais has been stripped of his right to wear his uniform, the defence ministry said Thursday.

Christian Piquemal, a former head of the French Foreign Legion, defied the authorities on February 6 by addressing a banned demonstration against the makeshift "Jungle" camp housing thousands of migrants hoping to reach Britain.

Around 100 people, some shouting "This is our land" and "Migrants out", attended the rally organised by a local chapter of the anti-migrant German movement Pegida. Several people were arrested.

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