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By Pierre Savary and William James CALAIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Like many migrants drawn to the French port of Calais, Ali, a 22-year-old Iraqi, is convinced his life will be better if he can make it across the 30 km (20 mile) stretch of sea separating him from Britain. "I know people in London, they can help me and it will be a new life," Ali said, speaking on the outskirts of a Calais migrant slum. "It cannot be worse than in France." Dislocated by war, political turmoil and poverty, 3,000 migrants like Ali are living in makeshift camps in and around Calais, hoping to find a way to the other side.
Britain on Tuesday commemorated the 10th anniversary of the London suicide bombings that claimed 52 lives, starting with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Hyde Park memorial in honour of the victims. Prime Minister David Cameron laid a floral tribute in the park at 8:50 am (0750 GMT), the time the first of four bombs was detonated on the city's transport system on July 7, 2005 by homegrown jihadists. The anniversary comes less than a fortnight after an attack in Tunisia highlighted the ongoing Islamist threat.