The mayor (Republicans) Calais on Wednesday asked the French and British governments, the interior ministers will meet Thursday to EUR 50 million “financial compensation to offset the losses suffered economically “ with his city following the influx in the vicinity of many migrants.
“It is essential to ask them tomorrow financial compensation to offset the economic harm suffered” by Calais, Natacha Bouchart said during a press conference held in the presence of John Paul Delevoye, president of the Economic Social and Environmental Council (CESE), for mayor of Calais.
A damage suffered “15 years”
The Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his British counterpart Theresa May will meet Thursday in Calais. They will sign an agreement “strengthening one hand the common commitment to site security, joint and resolute struggle against criminal networks of smugglers, trafficking in human beings and illegal immigration” according to a statement from the French ministry.
“I ask 50 million because it is difficult to assess the economic damage we suffer for over 15 years” pleaded Natacha Bouchart, hammering as “If today we are able to put a euro in safety and euro in humanity, we are able to put a euro at the economic” .
“If there was no favorable response, I see myself obliged to attack, to lodge complaints against the government, against the State services France and Britain to reach compensation judgments “, she threatened.
One approach ” human “ and ” firm “
Speaking briefly, John Paul Delevoye, former Mayor of Bapaume (Pas-de-Calais) and former Ombudsman, said he ” extremely impressed to see that after the fall of the Berlin Wall, on the whole planet are being erected walls with barbed wire “. He was referring in particular to the additional barriers built during the summer on the Eurotunnel site.
“We can not avoid human dignity receive these people (migrants, ed) even if it takes a number of international solutions “, added the one who left the UMP in 2013, which said Wednesday its support to the approach ” human “ and “farm” of the mayor of Calais on the migration issue.
Hundreds of migrants constantly flocking to Calais in the hope of finding a passage to England or on ferries from the port or on the shuttle trains through the tunnel at Folkestone, often with the help of smugglers.