Migrants Clash in France as Camp Tensions Soar

Elaine Gainley, AP, August 5, 2014

Migrants flowing into Europe in unprecedented numbers are causing a tense summer in France, as clashes break out among asylum-seekers in overcrowded camps and police fire tear gas to quell the chaos.

Sudanese and Eritreans battled in the heat in France’s port city of Calais, frustrations rising as the Africans jockey for space while trying to sneak into Britain–the dream destination some 30 kilometers (20 miles) away.

British police were on site in Calais trying to make sure they don’t cross over. Their French counterparts fired tear gas Tuesday to break up the latest of three battles that left 51 injured, one seriously, the Calais prefecture said.

Migrants fleeing poverty and war in Africa and the Middle East arrive in Calais with hopes of crossing the channel on a ferry or on trucks laden with cargo. Their numbers in the city at the edge of the English Channel have swelled to up to 1,300, overwhelming the city, aid agencies and police.

Up to 40 extra riot police were brought into Calais to start duty Tuesday night, bringing the number of police officers to 600, the city said.

“There are migrants who arrive each day and each day some who succeed in getting to Britain,” said Deputy Mayor Philippe Mignonet, in charge of security. He refused to say how many migrants outsmart the scanners, CO2 detectors and other technology used on trucks and planted through the Channel Tunnel.

“Calais has been taken hostage,” Mignonet said, blaming in part a Franco-British cooperation accord that he says puts the brunt of the burden on Calais. Like other officials, the deputy mayor complains that the British police presence effectively extends Britain’s border to France.

Most migrants in Calais start the European portion of their treacherous Mediterranean journeys in Italy, arriving on boats in the island of Lampedusa. Last year, total arrivals in Italy tallied 42,000–which was already surpassed by spring. With the year far from over, over 60,000 migrants have arrived on Italian shores.


Britain is seen by many migrants as Europe’s Shangri-La, with a more humane treatment of migrants than continental neighbors like France, where there are only 22,000 living units for some 60,000 asylum seekers.

Clashes among migrants are a new phenomenon.

Those Monday night and twice Tuesday were a culmination of a months-long tug-of-war between Calais and migrants. The city bulldozed makeshift camps in May. The migrants then occupied a food distribution center but were expelled. Now, authorities threaten to expel hundreds in two abandoned factories. Under pressure, the migrants turn on one another.


Migrants often are forced to pay small-time smugglers for a place in line in a parking lot where trucks leave for Britain. The clashes may have been over a place at a parking lot that didn’t have smugglers demanding payments, according to Bourdet.


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  • Migrants fleeing poverty and war in Africa

    Far be it from me to suggest that Africans cause poverty and war.

    • jane johnson

      They cannot escape themselves, but they keep trying.

      • Nancy

        There’s an old saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.”

        The “geographical cure” was a popular strategy with my mentally ill mother, which is why I attended 7 different elementary schools before I hit my teen years. She kept trying to re-invent herself with every move we made, but wherever she went, she brought HERSELF along, and the same personality conflicts happened again at each new location (problems at work, fighting with neighbors, etc).

        What really pisses me off about the video is the “migrants'” attitude that they have every right to go to the U.K. (or anywhere else, for that matter) and that their repeated attempts to jump ferryboats is like a game to them.

        • jane johnson

          I had similar experiences with my own mother, so I can relate. She never bothered with work or reinvention; just had the “misfortune” to meet unreasonable a$$holes wherever she went.

          • Nancy

            I will be forever grateful to the person who first enlightened me about Borderline Personality Disorder. Your mom sounds like she has some of the same symptoms.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The elites want Africans in first world countries because the savages can be used as biological weapons in their demographic war against the indigenous white population. It’s precisely because Africans cause poverty and war that they’re among the most prized and valuable immigrants in cosmopolitan elitist circles.

      • Exactly right. The “containment” efforts are just for show, to lull the white population into thinking that the governments are doing something about the problem. Learn to challenge the window dressing put up by anti white governments controlled by globalist central bankers.

        • bilderbuster

          But in reality importing the filthiest, most violent and stupidest human beings on the planet to do what they do best to the best of us.

          • Alucard_the_last

            If it wasn’t for the gullible whites, the negro would be on the verge of extinction. Asia and Latin America does come to there rescue year after year after year. Regardless of how much aid they get, they are still living in huts with no running water or electricity. I’ve seen video’s of them showering under a cow as it was pissing. Then there is the famous pic’s of negro boys eating cow pussy in ‘order to increase milk production’. No race on earth is more barbaric than those ‘people’.

  • MekongDelta69

    Nobody flees from a First World, White Western country to go to a Ninth World, non-white, non-western country.

    Gee – wonder why not?!

    • bilderbuster

      Except for the well funded, cult like missionary groups that send their zealots over there to risk their lives and spread their nonsense.
      Then returning with hellish diseases putting all of our lives at risk.

  • Mary

    I am appalled and disgusted that my ancestral homeland is being inundated by this human refuse, and equally appalled and disgusted that it’s allowed to happen.

  • Truthseeker

    These people are going to turn our ancestral homelands into the same garbage dumps that their ancestral homelands have always been. I hate war, but I would be OK with one where Europeans, real Europeans, drove these people out.

    • Alucard_the_last

      They need to do a tour of America and go into the black neighborhoods. Then they can see their future. While Europeans were condemning America for our high crime rate (because of blacks) they will soon see their crime rates sore. Just wait until they have to dumb down education because the filthy savages won’t be able to add without a calculator.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Kind of funny story,went to the store, a black woman wanted me to help her buy some bottled water. At 1.99 times 4 what could it cost? I tell her and she pulls out her smart phone to make sure I am right.Good Grief.

        • Alucard_the_last

          I wish I could say that I’m surprised. They are the only creatures that need to take a class in running a basic calculator.

  • JR Kipling

    Go on England.. make yourself the “wish that blacks have in their hearts”. We all know wishes are always innocent and always should be granted

  • Magician

    I always read that UK is the most African refugee friendly country in this world

  • eddie monsoon

    O, the Roast Beef of old England

  • “Under pressure, the migrants turn on one another.”
    No pressure needed. It’s in their genes to turn on each other and on anything living, from destroying gardens, kicking dogs and cats to death, and raping and killing whites. It’s not pressure. It’s genes.

    These creatures must be quarantined in Africa where they can kill each other as much as they like. No white do gooders must be allowed in to try to save them from their genes. Star Trek Prime Directive or something like that.

  • Tim

    Let’s see what happens in the next French presidential elections.

    If Marine Le Pen manages to win (which I doubt because all other parties will unite against her), maybe she’ll start doing sensible things – like deporting them from France back to their countries instead of allowing them to accumulate in Calais and creating this absurd situation.

  • none of your business

    A real advantage the Uk has over France for non White immigrants is that the UK council housing authorities give priority in housing allocation to non White immigrants over White English and Scots natives. France does not yet have affirmative action and racial preferences as law. There are plenty of arab african scum in French HLM projects, but no official discrimination against French Whites. Unlike the UK, socialism has not gone so far in France as to virtually eliminate private housing for all but the rich as the UK has done.

  • none of your business

    If France tries deporting the africans from France the EU will come down on France like George Soros did on Indonesia and Iceland. But the EU is pretty much run by France and Germany. If one of the most powerful countries in the EU starts to deport africans and is not destroyed financially,maybe the other countries might follow.

    I’m not optimistic though.

  • If they’d start shooting them they would stop making the attempt to break into the UK. A few dead Africans is likely all it would take. The message would spread among them like a wildfire and they would cease from their efforts.

    Unfortunately, the British are too soft, too weak from decades of political-correctness, and much too ‘humanitarian.’ They don’t fully perceive the widespread danger that these people will bring to their nation.

  • Typical of blacks: As soon as a bunch of them get together, they start to riot, fight and try to kill each other. And as usual, the white man has to step in between them, break them up, and serve as ‘reconciler.’

    The UK news reporter does what liberal whites often do in the presence of dysfunctional blacks – he’s trying to ‘understand’ them as if they are such a complex and advanced race of people who might provide some wisdom and insight to him. Utter rubbish!

    The Africans are very easy to understand. They have low IQs, impulsive, easily angered, over-emotional, volatile, and easily manipulated – just as they have been for centuries!

    • JackKrak

      Amen. Every time I hear some ridiculous references to “root causes” or some such nonsense, I want to shout “THEY’RE JUST ******* STUPID!!! HOW HARD IS THAT TO UNDERSTAND???”.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    For you that have the time go to YouTube and search “BBC Documentary – Don’t Cap My Benefits!” I never knew how generous the UK series of benefits were/are. No wonder the country, much like all of ours, is under real financial strife. In the doco there are good examples of immigrants and others being extremely ungrateful. I’m sure a lot of you have other things to do but after seeing this I can see why Britain is The Shangri La.

  • MBlanc46

    I spent a week in Calais decades ago. It was by no means a tourist mecca, but I very much enjoyed my stay. I don’t recall seeing a single Negro. One thing that I do remember is the “Mort aux Arabes” graffiti.

    • sulbernick

      Just come back from a vacation in Malta. A great many Negroes there, most looking like they’ve just got off the boat – Somali types.

      • MBlanc46

        Is it Malta that’s actually invited Sub-Saharans to immigrate?

        • sulbernick

          I doubt it. I think it’s a function of Malta’s membership of the EU.

  • LHathaway

    I could have mistaken the riot footage for a Sci Fi movie.

  • WR_the_realist

    Thank you Labour, for making Great Britain the dream destination of Eritreans and Sudanese.

  • Paleoconn

    They can’t place nice in a beautiful, bountiful, civilized European country? Send them back. The Sudanese to Eritrea, the Eritreans to Sudan.

  • none of your business

    Since the UK loves africans so much and pays them so well to live in the UK maybe the Italian navy should bring the africans directly from the waters off Lampaduesa Island and dump them on the Cornwall and Welsh beaches. It would simplify everything, no complicated transit through Italy to France and waiting around for a couple weeks to the life long benefit paradise of the UK.

  • none of your business

    Ever heard of the Citizens Advice Bureau? At least it used to be called that, maybe the name has changed. Anyway, they had offices all over. You could go and a social worker could tell you all the benefits you could be eligible for and also tell you how to fiddle and cheat so as to get the most benefits. The UK govt, especially local councils like Manchester, Bradford and other mostly arab, paki and african towns probably have benefits counselors stationed in Calais to the africans can get right on benefit the day they set foot in the UK.
    There have been many, many instances of indian & paki immigrants being picked up at the airport by relatives in the early AM, being dropped off at the local welfare office at 10/am and leaving with a full benefit package and keys to council housing by close of business.

    Meanwhile, more and more White indigenous British are out of work and homeless.

  • JohnEngelman

    Migrants fleeing poverty and war in Africa and the Middle East arrive in Calais with hopes of crossing the channel on a ferry or on trucks laden with cargo.

    – Elaine Gainley, AP, August 5, 2014

    They take poverty and violence with them everywhere they go. They are like people infected with Ebola who travel to other countries in order to flee the disease.

  • archer

    This is a joke, all they have to do is send them back, it won’t take long until they all get the message that making the trip will be futile.

  • Alucard_the_last

    They should all be arrested and shipped back to their rotten nations. Political correctness will resort in the extinction of white nations. To hell with their civil rights. They don’t belong there.

  • NoMosqueHere

    You must be joking. Israel has gotten nothing but bad press for its response to arab muslims attacks from gaza, which in my opinion has been rather tepid and insufficient. I would have wiped gaza off the map.

  • Rick

    Jean Raspail was right!!!

  • Cobbett

    Seems like just the kind of immigrants this country needs…makes one proud that they’re so desperate to get here, Shangri-La indeed.