The work pictures a teary-eyed young girl, which bears a close resemblance to the promotional artwork for Les Misérables, an icon which has adorned the streets of London for decades. The girl is depicted in a cloud of CS gas and is pictured next to a QR code, which, when scanned, plays a link to a video of French police carrying out clearing tactics at the camp.

Banksy's latest work, opposite the French Embassy, Knightsbridge Image via the artist's website Banksy's latest work, opposite the French Embassy, Knightsbridge
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In the 7 minute clip, French riot police appear to be using teargas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades. However, Steve Barbet, a police spokesperson, said the police would only use teargas at the extent that it was ''absolutely necessary to restore public order'' and that ''it [has] never been used in the camp itself.''

This is not the first time Banksy has used his elusive artwork to take a stance on the migrant crisis. Last month, an artwork appeared on the wall of the camp which depicted the late Steve Jobs, with a black bin bag and an original Apple computer in his hand. The work aimed to highlight Jobs's ancestry, as he was the son of a Syrian migrant who fled to America following the second world war.

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Banksy released this statement, which he rarely does to accompany his work, on the piece: "We're often led to believe migration is a drain on the country's resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world's most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs."

Banksy's colossal Dismaland was dismantled and used to create shelters for migrants at the Calais camp.  The dystopian theme park also featured artworks which depicted migrants crossing waters in order to seek refuge.

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