FRENCH mayors are banding together to take on the socialist government’s radical plan to force regions to take in five times as many migrants as they currently house amid fears it could “spark a civil war”.
By Oli Smith
The gorup of leaders have railed against the plan to dismantle the Calais migrant camp amid growing concerns the French government want to “secretly” replace the squalid makeshift camp with ‘mini-Jungles’ all over France.
A leaked government report announced plans to send 12,000 migrants throughout France as the solution to clear out Calais.
The plan will see 12,000 migrants, evacuated from Calais and Paris, moved all across France.
The only region exempt from the plan is Corsica, following high-profile attacks on migrants on the island.
Robert Menard, the far-right mayor of the town of Beziers, warned that he does not want his city to be turned into “a small Calais”.
He rejected the government’s “offer to distribute the problem across France”.
He said: “I do not want to grapple with this problem because I have already enough migrants and don’t need to take in more of them.
“Earlier I opposed the arrival of Syrian refugees in Beziers, and now I do not want Calais migrants to come to my city which is poor enough and has other problems to deal with.”
The controversial mayor said that the migrants already in the city added to crime and terrorism, after they “received some number of jihadists who proved to be terrorists”.
Mr Menard added: “This is why it is necessary to halt the migration process and stop accepting pseudo-refugees.”
But, Interior Minister Bernard Cazenueve is adamant that “everyone will have to accept some of [the migrants].”
Critics from the National Front called the plan “irresponsible” while the centre-right The Republicans said the plan could lead to “civil war”.
The Republicans, a political party led by Nicolas Sarkozy, demanded that the government move the migrants to Britain and “end welfare benefits for foreigners without a job”.
In the leaked document, the rural region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes will be forced to receive more than 1,700 migrants – five times the number the province has already welcomed.
Laurent Wauquiez, president of the region, hit out at the plan and demanded a rebellion against the government.
He said: “In our region we won’t let it go ahead!
“We’ll refuse to offer these places, we’ll support all the regions and all the inhabitants that mobilise against the plan.
“We’ll resist the plans of these unelected government officials.”
He feared that the left-wing government wanted to reproduce “Calais everywhere in France”
The outspoken mayor added: “The government does not want to solve Calais – it will turn France into Calais.”
Mr Wauquiez warned he will sue the left-wing government if they go ahead if the plan.
He added: “France does not have the capacity to accommodate as many migrants with so much unemployment already.
“You do not put fifty families overnight in a territory, without it having consequences on the functioning of the school, schooling and national education, especially in towns that have seen their classes close.
“The State is deliberately targeting small rural communities.”
The former centre-right Government spokesman was enraged “96% of asylum seekers who have their applications rejected are still here”.
In the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, mayor Christian Estrosi also dismissed the idea that the demolition of Calais will solve anything.
Mr Estrosi called the plans “cowardly and brutal” before warning: “They are trying to transform the Calais Jungle into additions of Mini-Jungles.”