When the far proper denounces, in defiance of actuality, the set up of a “migrant camp” in a fort | EUROtoday

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The castle of Thiverval-Grignon (Yvelines), April 4, 2016.

Migrants in a seventeenth century forte century. The image was too tempting, within the ranks of the acute proper, to not seize it. Even if it means largely distorting actuality. On February 27, on the social community X, Marion Maréchal, head of the Reconquest occasion record! within the European elections, denounced the misappropriation of a “jewel of our heritage”nestled “in the land of the kings of France and the Capetian monarchy”changed into “African migrant camp” arrived from Mayotte. On February 26, it was Jordan Bardella, the president and candidate for the European elections of the National Rally (RN), who had gone loopy, additionally on : “Enter clandestinely in Mayotte, you can be repatriated to mainland France and housed in a 17th century castlee century ! »

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In reality, in Thiverval-Grignon (Yvelines), on the former AgroParisTech site, it is not the castle, but disused student residences which served, from February 26, as a reception area for 195 people, mainly families from Burundi, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. All had previously obtained asylum in Mayotte, where they lived in a camp, a precarious presence which generated strong tensions within the local population.

Sunday March 3, a group of a few dozen far-right activists was also removed by police after briefly entering the site during the day. They displayed a banner, threw smoke bombs and sang racist chants, recalling a first episode that occurred a year ago, in February 2023. Reconquest! had demonstrated in front of the castle to denounce, this time, the reception of homeless migrants as part of the Great Cold Plan.

“It’s an exemplary operation”

At the Ministry of the Interior, the reception of refugees from Mayotte on the positioning would, based on some, have raised eyebrows. “The symbol is catastrophic. [Le ministre de l’intérieur, Gérald] Darmanin asked that they leave much faster”, says an govt from Place Beauvau, on situation of anonymity. The households had been directed to totally different websites within the provinces. When requested, neither the prefecture of Ile-de-France nor the overall directorate of foreigners in France, which piloted the operation, responded to our requests.

In reality, the affiliation to which the care of the refugees was entrusted, Emmaüs Solidarité, had deliberate a keep for the beneficiaries for 3 months earlier than this was decreased to 3 weeks by the general public authorities. “There were 80 departures on February 29, then 51 departures on March 7, and there are 28 people left today”lists Lotfi Ouanezar, the director of Emmaüs Solidarité, with out making the hyperlink with the far-right protests.

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