Saturday, 8 October 2016

French citizens protest the arrival of more migrants to their community

The President of France has been absorbing some migrants as part of the European Union agreement.

But in recent times the French are beginning to protest the movement since the advent of migrant killings and association with terrorists. French villagers are protesting the arrival of migrants who are being dispersed around the country as the government shuts down the slum-like camp in Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis.

Competing rallies were being held Saturday in Pierrefeu in southeast France after Calais officials say they will be starting the process of bulldozing the sprawling camp within nine days.  

The mayor led several hundred people on a protest against a government proposal to house migrants in an abandoned wing of a psychiatric hospital while they apply for asylum or study other options. 

Left-wing activists held their own, smaller rally to welcome the migrants. 

The morning gatherings were peaceful. The far-right National Front plans its own anti-migrant protest later in the day. 

The National Front is urging mayors to resist the Calais relocation plan and is organizing or taking part in protests across the country this month. Resistance to immigration is central to the campaign platform of National Front leader Marine Le Pen in her bid for the French presidency next year.

National Front politicians were also at a protest Saturday in Forges-les-Bains south of Paris. About 200 people marched through town, past the farmers' market, school and town hall to protest the arrival of about 40 Afghan migrants relocated from Calais to an unused building in town.

Dailymail gathered that On October 6, shots were fired at a planned migrant centre in the French seaside resort town of Saint Brevin overnight and at a building in Saint-Hilaire-du-Rosier in southeastern France where migrants are also due to be housed. 

President Francois Hollande has pledged to close the Calais camp before winter and relocate as many as 9,000 migrants living there to 164 sites around France while their cases are examined. 

The Calais camp has been an embarrassment to the French government and symbol of Europe's failure to find solutions to the migrant crisis.


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