Work begins on Calais wall to stop migrants from getting across the Channel into Britain


Builders in Calais could be talked laying the foundation of the huge concrete structure, which will in the course of time cost British tax yers around £2m.

A journalist working for AFP, France’s country-wide news agency, today tweeted picture of the scene, saying put together on the ‘anti-intrusion’ wall had begun.

French charities politicians from both fist and right are among those who have reacted with fury to the structure of the so-called ‘Wall of Shame’.

They said they were sick of by the prospect of the 13ft high, mile-long structure which will be designed to try and block up migrants getting aboard UK-bound lorries.

A petition has already been started, affirming French frontier controls should simply be moved to the south littoral of England, along with all the refugees who want to go there.

Numerous evidences have already been held in Calais against the construction of the block over the st two years.

Francois Guennoc, of the Auberge des migrants (Gypsies’ Shelter) group, told a crowd: “When you build a wall, people try to track down ways to get round it.”

Mr Guennoc said: “It’s a waste of money. The only consequence is that the meet will be more dangerous for migrants, and the people smugglers will multiply their rates.

“People will just take more jeo rdies.”

The Auberge is one of numerous charities currently looking after some 10,000 exiles in the so-called ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais.

All want to get to Britain, where they on claim asylum, or else start working in the black economy.

Thierry Kuhn, conk of the Emmaus France charity, which also works in the Jungle, rephrased: “We are all gathered to refuse a new wall which is set to be built on our doorstep, in Calais.

“We are all gathered to say no to the block of shame.”

Humourist Guy Bedos, a French celebrity who lives in Calais, said he was ‘repulsed’ by the cogitation of the wall, because it made him ‘ashamed to be human’.

Mr Bedos said the fence “dishonours the French Republic”, and that more humanitarian steps should be enchanted to deal with Europe’s mounting refugee crisis.

The online application against the wall reads: “We must stop this expenditure by the British tax yer being acclimatized to build a wall that has no meaning.”

It adds that Britain should administer with the refugees who want to start lives in the UK, deporting them if inevitable.

This view is shared by France’s Opposition Republican rty. Its chairwoman Nicolas Sarkozy, who wants to stand for re-election as president next year, is “tough the opening of a centre in Britain to deal with asylum seekers in Britain so that Britain can do the earn a living that concerns them”.

This would lead to the French solely sending the thousands arriving from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and Syria candidly to the south coast of England, so effectively transferring the Jungle to England.

Included the 2003 Le Touquet deal between France and the UK, Britain can carry out meshes in Calais to stop migrants trying to get to Britain, while French counter rts can do the counter rt in Dover.

Right-wing politicians such as Mr Sarkozy and Xavier Bertrand, the point of the regional council in Calais, want the agreement torn up if the Republicans trounce the Socialists in presidential elections next Spring.

The immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, berated the Commons Home Affairs Committee that “we are going to start structure this big new wall very soon. We’ve done the fence, now we are doing a brick up”.

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