Le Pen in the Lead: Vows to Dismantle Migrant Camps
French populist candidate promises end to refugee nightmare after fire destroys massive camp
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has vowed to dismantle the country’s migrant camps, following the outbreak of a fire that largely destroyed the Grande-Synthe migrant camp at Dunkirk.
The fire, which was reportedly started deliberately following a fight between rival Kurdish and Afghan migrant groups within the camp, injured at least 10 people and left hundreds homeless.
“Migratory laxity creates confusion, violence, danger for the migrants themselves and for the relief services and the police.”
“This chaos must cease. All migrant settlements will be dismantled after my election if the French elect me as head of State,” Le Pen wrote in an official statement.
“The huge fire at the Grande-Synthe migrant camp, caused by fights between migrants, is a sign of the great migratory chaos that has plagued our country for years,” she wrote. “Only a year after its opening in its present form, at the price of several million euros, the camp went up in smoke.”
“Migratory laxity creates confusion, violence, danger for the migrants themselves and for the relief services and the police,” Le Pen wrote. “This laxity leaves the field free to foreign mafias which are reconstituted on our soil: thus the camp of Grande-Synthe was considered to be held by Iraqi Kurdish smugglers,” she claimed.
Le Pen also promised in her statement that “illegals and rejected asylum seekers will be taken back to the border. Asylum applications will no longer be studied in France, but in our consulates and embassies in the countries of origin or at their limits. We will drastically reduce the asylum. Our national borders will be immediately restored.”
Despite some recent controversy over comments Le Pen made about France’s role in the Holocaust, the populist candidate remains in the lead in the polls — just — with an average of 24 percent, according to Bloomberg. (Some polls place her higher.)
Her closest rival, the left-wing Emmanuel Macron, is averaging only one point behind Le Pen at 23 percent, and it is likely the two will maintain their front-runner status through the first round of voting and go on to vie for the presidency in the second round.
Center-right moderate François Fillon is in third place, polling at around 19 percent. But nipping at his heels is far-left candidate and member of the “Left Party” Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Mélenchon was polling only around 10 percent in mid-March but has nearly doubled his poll numbers over the past month. He is currently polling at over 18 percent.
But while Mélenchon’s rise may please far-leftists who dream of his doing well enough to knock Le Pen out of the race, it is no comfort to European globalists, for Mélenchon, although a leftist, is equally as populist as Le Pen, if not more so.
During a rally over the weekend, Mélenchon — who reportedly counts Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro among his political inspirations — railed against global capitalism, “extreme markets that are transforming suffering, misery, and abandonment into gold and money.”
He described France as a nation “with huge wealth that is badly distributed,” and reportedly denounced Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against Syria and called for France to withdraw from NATO, according to Bloomberg News.
Bill Blain, a strategist at Mint Partners, a brokerage firm in London, described Mélenchon’s platform as “unreconstructed communism” in a note to clients last Wednesday.