A video has emerged claiming to show a Calais native detailing a life filled with “iron bars and… Molotov cocktails” in the besieged port town, now home to one of Europe’s most notorious migrant camps.
Filmed at the ‘Save Our Country’ conference just outside Paris, the video was released by the Secular Riposte campaign group, a movement working to halt the influence of political Islam in officially secular France. Featuring “native Calaisienne” Simone Héricourt, the meeting took place outside of Paris, after the group was banned from demonstrating in the city.
Speaking the day after she stood alongside French General Piquemal, who was arrested for protesting, the woman told the assembled how the people of Calais feel abandoned by the government. Ms. Héricourt said locals live in fear of the thousands of migrants who are in a state of permanent flux through the port as they are smuggled, or attempt to smuggle themselves from France into the United Kingdom. She said:
“I live in Calais, I am a native. My parents were too, and I have lived there all my life, and Calais used to be a very nice place… then some time ago where were refugees and the president decided to empty the squat… and those refugees arrived in Calais”.
“I don’t know how it happened but one day we found ourselves with thousands of migrants. Actually there are 18,000 at the moment in what they call the ‘Jungle’… the police can’t even enter the Muslim part [of the Jungle], it is prohibited”.
Speaking of the crime wave that has come to Calais in the wake of the migrants, Ms. Héricourt said: “…every day, every night, there are riots. They come into the town centre — two, three, four thousand — everywhere. They bash cars with iron bars, they attack people, they even attack children. There are rapes, there is theft, it is unimaginable what we suffer”.
Expressing the feeling of helplessness in Calais, Ms. Héricourt said when complaints are taken to the police they say they can no nothing to help, yet officers are quick to respond to any incidents of locals attempting to defend themselves. “The police have not accepted my complaints for a long time… don’t count on the police for help”, she remarked.
With the migrant violence and anti-social behaviour, Calais had become a shadow of its former self, with shops closing down, claimed Ms. Héricourt. She said: “When they come into town, on the streets of Calais armed with their iron bars and their Molotov cocktails, watch out! They were found to be makign these, but I don’t know why they weren’t punished.
“When the police catch them, they immediately release them”.
Describing the brutality with which dissent among the native French is put down in Calais, Ms. Héricourt recounted the arrest of former leader of the French Foreign Legion, General Piquemal at the PEGIDA protest the previous day and remarked she herself had only avoided arrest because her husband had helped her escape the police. She said: “They did not talk about it on the TV, the radio, not even in the papers.
“We saw him arrested, manhandled, like a thug. He, who is after all an icon of France… who deserves respect and honour due to his rank, treated like a thug. We saw him pushed to the ground, the policeman put his foot on his neck. I promise you, we saw it”.
The recollections of the previous day’s events are met with gasps from the audience. The manhandling of the General, who suffered a seizure shortly afterwards is growing to become a scandal in France, such is the respect generally accorded to a man of his experience and position.
The French police are not the only ones content to abuse a French general in Calais, as Ms. Héricourt recalls a recent migrant riot in Calais. She said: “It was terrible, it lasted all afternoon, into the evening. They went as far as attacking the statue of General De Gaulle, they wrote ‘Fuck France’ on it, with an Islamic State flag underneath it. What more can I say?”
Breitbart London has reported at length on the deteriorating security situation in Calais, and the growing conflict between the migrants passing through there and everyone else. Haulage groups have warned it is only a matter of time until a truck driver is killed by a migrant, such are their driven efforts to board lorries, and there have already been a number of near misses.
One such was a Czech driver who had a close brush with death after a pole crashed through his truck cab, thrown by migrants trying to make him stop so they could board. In a similar vein, Calais migrants have taken to talking into the road to force lorries to slow, and building barricades.