Migrants in Calais seeking asylum in the UK should be allowed to lodge their claim in France, the president of the region on 29 August has told the BBC.
Xavier Bertrand said people living in the camp known as the Jungle should be able to apply at a "hotspot" in France rather than waiting to reach Britain.
UK officials currently check passports in France, stopping many from entering.
The Home Office said "those in need of protection should seek asylum in the first safe country they enter".
Mr Bertrand said under his plan anyone rejected by the UK would then be deported directly to their country of origin.