A decree published a day earlier banned gatherings at the site of the former "jungle" refugee camp, with the Calais authority saying that they spurred ethnic tensions and conflict between rival groups of refugees.
he order, signed by mayor Natacha Bouchart, said that the safety of residents was under threat as refugees fought with one another after food was distributed at the now-closed camp, according to the Reuters news agency.
Seven aid groups said on Friday that, despite the order, they were still distributing meals.
Francois Guennoc of Auberge des Migrants says the groups have changed meal distribution spots and would do so nightly, if needed, to evade police.
Gael Manzi, who works for local aid association Utopia 56, said: "You're talking about young people and children. You just can't deprive them of food."
Andrew Stroehlein, spokesman for Human Rights Watch, tweeted: "Calais mayor aiming to win heartlessness award?
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