President Macron and the police have been accused of abandoning the migrants gathering in the north of the country as temperatures start to plumme
Locals close to the Grande-Synthe camp, near Dunkirk, have demanded more action is taken to prevent a humanitarian disaster.
Some have said that if the French government took a softer approach, some of the migrants would choose to stay in France rather than gather in camps to board flimsy boats to Britain.
Migrants are living in squalid conditions and fury is growing over the lack of help from the French government.
One migrant told the Daily Express: “It is so hard for us. Why are they making it harder?”
Camila Taha, 23, from Grande-Synthe, said: “I have never had a problem with any of them. It breaks my heart to see them like that.
“They could live with dignity and surely learn to love France. And they could then get their papers here.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel has been warned 65,000 people could cross the English Channel.
Many of the migrants are making repeated crossings. If they are caught by police before they leave French shores, they are often back in the camps, commonly referred to as “the Jungle” within days.
Marie Delober, 30, from St Omer, said: “This situation makes me so sad. They are living in misery and no one really helps them.
“We need to have a bit more understanding of their situation because they have fled their country in danger.”
Vincent Devolder, 54, from Bray-Dunes, added: “This is a very sad situation for them and it is intolerable. Permanent accommodation should automatically be available to them.
“The political powers at home and the racists at home are to blame.”
Ministers from Greece, Poland, Italy, Austria and France, which currently holds the EU’s presidency, were among those at a border security conference in Vilnius along with European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.
She said: “We must protect our borders from aggression and we need to protect our people.