"Refugees" attack trucks in an attempt to get to the UK on the road from Calais. pic.twitter.com/Lps4pUCOLk
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Hundreds of Africans and Asians armed with knives and iron rods fought running street battles in the northern port city of Calais on February 1, less than two weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron visited the area and pledged to crack down on illegal immigration.
The clashes plunged Calais — emblematic of Europe’s failure to control mass migration — into a war zone and reinforced the perception that French authorities have lost control of the country’s security situation.
The mass brawls, fought in at least three different parts of Calais, erupted after a 37-year-old Afghan migrant running a human trafficking operation fired gunshots at a group of Africans who did not have money to pay for his services. Five Africans suffered life-threatening injuries.
Within an hour, hundreds of Eritreans, Ethiopians and Sudanese took to the streets of Calais and attacked any Afghans they could find. More than a thousand police officers using batons and tear gas were deployed to restore order. Two dozen migrants were hospitalized.
French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb described the level of violence in Calais as “unprecedented.” He attributed the fighting to an escalating turf war between Afghan and Kurdish gangs seeking to gain control over human trafficking between Calais and Britain, which many migrants view as “El Dorado” because of its massive underground economy. Each day around 40 ferries depart Calais for Britain.
Four teenage migrants are in critical condition after being shot during a massive two-hour brawl in the French port city of Calais. The fight broke out between Afghani migrants and those from the northeast African country of Eritrea while waiting in line for food handouts. While the migrants primarily used sticks, stones and iron bars, it is unclear who shot four of the Eritreans aged between 16 and 18.
At least 13 more people were injured in the melee, with some suffering “blows from iron bars,” according to the local prosecutor’s office.
A second brawl broke out three miles away at an industrial site in the southern outskirts if Calais between approximately 20 Afghan migrants vs. 150-200 Eritreans before French police intervened.
Interior minister Gerard Collomb traveled to Calais by helicopter and may stay overnight.
“After today’s serious incidents I shall be heading for Calais tonight to take stock of the situation with the prefect, the mayor and local players,” including police, Collomb tweeted.
HIGHLY sensitive equipment for detecting migrants hiding in UK-bound trucks has been deliberately turned off by French border guards in Calais, it was claimed last night.
Security insiders said heartbeat monitors, which can identify stowaways in seconds, had not been used at the port for up to six months.
The revelation has sparked accusations that French officials are deliberately passing the buck and have no intention of apprehending immigrants heading for the UK.
The explosive claim prompted calls for an immediate investigation into border security at Calais.
This latest border scandal comes just days after Prime Minister Theresa May pledged French president Emmanuel Macron a further £44.5million of taxpayers’ cash to combat the threat on our doorstep.
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