A French university has taken the rather extreme measure of suspending lectures on one of its campuses after refugees and asylum seekers set up home on the site.

In a move that might be deemed slightly over the top, lessons were suspended at the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne (URCA) in northeastern France on Monday "until further notice" because of the presence of around 40 migrants on the campus, according to French media reports.

The measure, which affected around 8,000 students, banned access to the premises of the Croix-Rouge campus until "conditions of security have been re-established," said the president of the university Guillaume Gellé on Sunday night.

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