The Leader of France’s National Front party, Marine Le Pen, is running for the presidency of the northern region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Calais is suffering migrant overcrowding problems, that the regional government has ignored.
“There’s no time to lose,” Le Pen said in an interview on France’s TELETV. “The situation [in Calais] is degrading fast and we have to act now.”
Marine Le Pen said that she is planning to “protect the people of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, who have been neglected by the Socialist majority.”
A recent OpinionWay poll has shown that Le Pen is likely to win. The regional elections take place in December 2015, with her position as mayor starting January 1st, 2016. This is a big move for France in the right direction, a country that has been very strongly liberal.
The French port of Calais is a popular destination for migrants to cross over to Great Britain. Around 2,000 refugees are currently living in Calais camps, most of whom are welfare tourists, simply looking for the best place to live for free. The conditions in the Calais migrant camps are very poor. Migrants remain at the camps until they can find a way to illegally smuggle themselves into the United Kingdom, usually by sneaking aboard trucks.
Since becoming leader of the National Front, Le Pen, who took over leadership from her father, has repeatedly stated that she stands for a radical change in political priorities and intends to change policies in order to reduce the influx of illegal immigrants in France.