‘Pure madness’: Macron’s plan to put up thousands of migrants in government-bought hotels across France is met with backlash because towns ‘can’t cope’ as 600 return to Calais

Friday, July 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

French government’s plan to turn hotels into migrant shelters has been slammed
President Macron hopes to clear migrants off the streets by the end of this year
He wants all migrants housed while their asylum applications are processed
But officials say their towns would be unable to cope with an influx of migrants
Worried locals in Semeac have even erected a wall outside one of the hotels

28 July 2017

President Macorn’s plan to transform 62 hotels across France into migrant shelters have been met with backlash from officials.

Mayors and police unions slammed the plans over fears towns with smaller populations could be ‘filled with hundreds of single men’.

Mr Macron has vowed to clear migrants of France’s streets by the end of this year and ensure those awaiting asylum are housed and not sleeping rough.

In an bid to alleviate increasing tensions and to halt the creation of new camps following the destruction of the Jungle in Calais last year, all migrants will be offered housing, said President Macron.

While France has received far fewer the asylum applications when compared to Germany, measures by the German government to tighten its asylum procedures in Calais have worried officials in Paris.

They are braced for an influx in immigration from former French colonies in north and west Africa, who co find it more difficult to gain asylum elsewhere.

It comes after more than 40 per cent of France’s population backed extremists on the far Left and Right during the recent presidential election.

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