"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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The incident comes as Human Rights Watch released a report condemning the “routine” abuse of asylum seekers by French police.
Hundreds of migrants have returned to the Calais area in recent months despite the demolition of the sprawling camp known as ‘the Jungle.’
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Authorities have described “escalating violence” in the transit city of Calais, France, following two days of fighting when over 100 Eritrean and Ethiopian migrants clashed, attacking one another with stones and sticks leaving over a dozen hospitalised.
Le Figaro reports that following clashes late Friday evening, a second mass brawl broke out between groups of Eritrean and Ethiopian migrants who have travelled illegally from Africa in hopes of smuggling themselves to the UK.
Migrant slums on the streets of Paris are growing following the decision to close the Calais ‘jungle’ camp, forcing authorities to start clearing the areas.
Demolition workers moved into the French capital to clear the streets on Monday, supported by riot police, with some sources estimating up to 3,000 people had set up camp near the Stalingrad Metro station.
“This is an ongoing operation,” a local official said. “The first priority is to determine how many migrants are eligible to go to reception centres and some tents are already being removed from the streets. What is certain us that this entire camp will be gone within days.”
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(REUTERS) – The number of migrants sleeping rough on the streets of Paris has risen by at least a third since the start of the week when the “Jungle” shanty town in Calais was evacuated, officials said on Friday.
Along the bustling boulevards and a canal in a northeastern corner of Paris, hundreds of tents have been pitched by migrants – mostly Africans who say they are from Sudan – with cardboard on the ground to try and insulate them from the autumn chill.
While the presence of migrants there is not new, it has grown substantially this week, Colombe Brossel, Paris deputy mayor in charge of security issues, told Reuters.