French Mayors Panic As Migrants Overwhelm Cities, Beg Macron For Help
Mayors from seven major French cities overwhelmed by the flow of migrants have written a joint letter to Paris published in LeMonde on Saturday, begging the government to step in and help.
According to the letter, the cities of Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Rennes, Toulouse and Nantes are taking in “several thousand” refugees per month, which the mayors say is causing a social emergency as they are “backed up against a wall” and “completely saturated” by a seemingly endless flood of asylum seekers:
The year 2017 ends with a massive rise in the demand for asylum and the arrival of newcomers puts extreme tension – particularly with the onset of the cold wave – of the classic public and institutional policies. In a proportion never before known, the mechanisms allocated to housing asylum seekers, led by the State, often with the support of our communities, are indeed completely saturated, despite the steady increase the number of places … The evidence is there, before our eyes, in our streets, in homes and shelters: there is urgency.
Every month, several thousand people arrive in our cities. Integrating those recognized as refugees and helping those who have lost their right of asylum who still remain in our territory is a major issue. –Le Monde (translated)
The mayors point to a lack of shelters, and call on Paris to establish a “solidarity network” between the cities of France dedicated to addressing the flow of migrants, as well as an “enlarged meeting with the state at the highest level,” which the mayors say must act quickly by assuming its sovereign powers to “finance these developed actions and propose a clarified framework of work with the communities for a real plan of reception of the migrants.”
In other words – Paris needs to step up and dedicate more money and housing towards the migrant crisis.
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In response to the letter, the French Interior Ministry proposed a resettlement scheme which would result in the relocation of some 20,000 housing units, “broken down regionally” to ensure “distribution balanced” refugees and mobilization of donors. Reports AFP:
in addition, the authorities asked the prefects to establish “mobile teams” responsible for the identification of migrants in emergency accommodation, much to the chagrin of the associations. (Medecins du Monde, Emmaus, …) who denounce a logic of “census, labeling and triage”. –AFP (translated)
As anyone who listened to the French Presidential debates gathered, France knows it’s got a massive problem with migrants. In October, after a 29 year old undocumented Tunisian man stabbed two women to death in the southern city of Marseille, French President Emmanuel Macron revealed a new policy whereby illegal immigrants who commit crimes in France will face deportation.
Even without new legislation, we can take tougher measures and expel illegal immigrants if they commit a crime, whatever it may be, Macron said.
France has been heavily affected by the migrant crisis. After an October 2016 relocation of some 6,000 migrants from the Calais “Jungle” camp across Europe, new asylum seekers continue to pour into the country and set up makeshift camps. Many migrants are sleeping on the streets of Paris, begging for money and angering local residents and sparking sanitary concerns. Last week, a group of Parisian protesters threatened to go on a hunger strike if police didn’t relocate approximately 100 Syrian and Afghan migrants from a northern Paris neighborhood.
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Thanks for your thoughtful input, Dani
Reading this article depressed me for the people of Paris and France, at large. The average sleeping, hypnotized, distracted, and preoccupied by mindless consumption American citizen is completely unaware of this dire situation in several French cities. Would they care if they knew? I would like to think that most would.
This can’t be allowed to continue and at the risk of sounding stupid, which I guess I probably couldn’t care less about, how in the hell has this been allowed to even transpire as it currently is? We are SO kept out of the European loop here in the USA and unless one finds a good alternate source online (before it gets silenced), we simply have no way at all of knowing of these major events taking place over seas.
ARE THESE EVEN REFUGEES???? I would like to see genuine photos. I don’t know if the picture used with this article was just for show, something taken from Shutterstock or some such source – I see the French road signs but still, geez, so hard to know what IS and what ISN’T these days. If that is a legitimate picture we are given with which to get an idea of these thousands flooding in weekly, then it looks like the same old garbage as everywhere else – all young, able-bodied, angry, violent young men, many even wearing designer clothing and carrying expensive smart phones. What in the hell is going on? Where are they coming from? WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE IN ORDER FOR IT TO STOP?
Are they waiting for a larger white, European percentage of the population, you know, the native inhabitants, to be killed off first? I imagine this is a huge portion of Agenda 21 and/or 30. What else are they keeping quiet about? The number of women and girls who have been raped and assaulted thus far? It wouldn’t even surprise me at this point if there were many murders that just aren’t making their way to the “news” over here, or anywhere else, for that matter.
the crack down has been rampant, much worse then I could have ever imagined. did a quick Sweden search the other day after seeing an article in a mainstream rag, WP or NYT or some other such butt wiping material journal, and this article was to the effect of reports of rape of women in both germany and sweden have been made up and/or exaggerated. no way. but now i see information that was available just a few months ago, well now it is as though it never existed.
it is going to become increasingly more difficult for even the strongest of emotionally fittest of people to be able to maintain their sanity & good frame of mind in the weeks and months to come if things keep unfolding as they currently are, and at this ever-increasing pace.