In an effort to shut down the Jungle, where 12,000 mostly Muslim migrants have imploded the port city of Calais, the French government has chosen to disperse them throughout France– not deport them. And French mayors are outraged.
United in opposition to their towns becoming mini-Calais jungles, they created the “My town without migrants” campaign. Its leader, Steve Briois, argues:
“The Government has decided to displace the migrants from Calais to towns and villages across France without any thought about what the mayors or the population think.
“The association is for the 36,000 mayors of France regardless of their political affiliation. Opposition to the invasion of migrants has become a problem that transcends party lines.
“We want to be firm against the arrival of migrants to our towns.”
He added: “It is out of the question that what happened in Calais can be repeated across France, we have to say stop.”
Front National mayor Dominique Bilde said:
“We understand that these migrant centres could house at least 100 people, which in a village of 1,000 is 10 per cent of the population.”
And, Bilde pointed out that a proportion of migrants are dangerous because of France’s history with “Islamic fundamentalist violence.” Worse still, France is ignoring its own people.
“Meanwhile we are neglecting French homeless people. The state is saying: ‘Life of a castle for the migrants, the gutter for the homeless’.”
Mr. Rachline, the mayor of Frejus, tweeted: “Frejus will not welcome anyone and will not become the new Calais.”
Of course the group was criticized by a member of the French Socialist Party, Philippe Kemel, who argues the group is “discriminatory” and “stigmatises the most vulnerable people.”
But the government doesn’t have a plan for the increased violence that will come with the migrants to these towns. Instead, it is just shuffling the problem instead of creating a solution that puts French people first and reduces the economic and criminal burden on its people.