France Builds 'Trump-Style' Wall to Stop Migrants Entering UK Illegally
French authorities build wall to combat illegal immigration epidemic
The French Government has constructed a ten-foot-tall concrete wall to protect a service station where migrants storm trucks in a bid to enter the UK illegally.
The wall is being built to replace a pre-existing fence at a Total gas station in the ferry port city of Calais, Northern France.
Construction of the barrier started last week at the station in the Marcel-Doret area where trucks stop to fill up with fuel before heading to the port and continuing their journey into the United Kingdom.
The new "Trump-style" wall is due to be finished by mid-February.
Local official Fabien Sudry told Nord Littoral that “smuggling networks meet there and take advantage of stations near the port to get migrants in trucks.”
“The situation was rather tense at this station,” Mr. Sudry added.
"The police regularly had stones thrown at them."
According to Breitbart, a Total spokesman confirmed the barrier was built at the request of the Calais prefecture to “protect customers, staff, and migrants.”
The Daily Mail reports that locals are comparing the new barrier to the wall that U.S. President Donald Trump wants to build along the Southern Border of the United States to stop mass illegal migration from Central and South America.
Pro-migration aid workers object to the wall, as the barrier between the two spaces is “divisive.”
One Calais-based charity worker who wished to withhold their identity complained: “The wall is ugly and of course divisive.”
“This is very political — it aims to show desperate people that they are not welcome here and that more and more walls and police will be used to keep them out.
“If you oppose such policies, you can get into a lot of trouble.”
There are an estimated 600 mostly male migrants hailing from Afghanistan, Iran, and Syria squatting in makeshift camps around the port town waiting to break into Britain — down from an estimated 10,000 during the heyday of the infamous “Calais Jungle.”
It is believed to be the first time that a wall has been so quickly erected in a hotspot area for trafficking with the intention of stopping migrants attempting to make the journey to the United Kingdom.
Illegal migration to Britain via France has been in the British headlines for nearly three months after more than 500 migrants have attempted to cross the English Channel by sea, with three boats arriving on the Kent coast on Sunday alone.
Tens of thousands enter or attempt to enter by stowing away in cars, goods vehicles, and ferries every year, with some, even attempting to traverse the Channel Tunnel on foot.