Calais mayor fails in bid to stop anti-refugee wall

The Calais mayor had ordered to end the construction of the wall near the port of Calais city however local administration has now overturned the rule allowing work to continue

Calais mayor fails in bid to stop anti-refugee wall

World Bulletin / News Desk

The mayor of the northern French port of Calais on Monday made a failed bid to halt construction of a wall aimed at stopping refugees from trying to reach Britain.

Natacha Bouchart, who pledged on September 23 to use "all legal weapons in my possession" to fight the barrier, filed an injunction to halt work on the wall.

But the local administration immediately overruled the move, allowing the work, which began on September 20, to continue.

The British-funded wall, which will be one kilometre (half a mile) long and four metres (13 feet) high, will pass within a few hundred metres of the sprawling refugee camp known as the "Jungle", which charities say now houses more than 10,000 people.

The right-wing mayor, who initially favoured a wall, now says there is no need for one because the French government has promised to close down the Jungle camp "as soon as possible".

Britain is paying the 2.7 million euro ($3 million) cost of the wall, which Calais authorities say will be completed by the end of the year.

It is meant to prevent refugees from reaching a bypass road in order to board trucks heading through the Channel tunnel.

Bouchart told AFP: "Calais residents are fed up with seeing barriers and barbed wire everywhere. They feel completely hemmed in."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Ekim 2016, 08:46