Rape in Calais
Le Figaro has a brief, dated August 28, about a young Canadian girl who was raped in Calais:
A Canadian student studying journalism in London was raped Tuesday evening in Calais while researching a report on migrants hoping to obtain exile in Great Britain, it was learned today from several sources.
"Around 7:30 p.m. a Canadian student journalist went into the wooded area known as 'the jungle', in Calais, to take pictures. She was the victim of a rape perpetrated by an individual currently at large," announced the assistant district attorney of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Philippe Muller, in a communiqué.
"The jungle", an isolated wooded area near the Calais passenger port is a notorious meeting place for people smugglers and migrants trying to cross the Channel illegally.
Readers of Le Figaro were quick to bemoan the naïveté of the girl and what must be called criminal negligence on the part of her teachers in London (assuming she was given this assignment, or at least that she had informed them of her intent). One Figaro reader associated her sublime foolishness with her chosen profession:
- In view of her intellectual level, since she was preparing for a career in journalism... Her professors surely warned her that one does not do anything, anyplace. Or she is naïve, unaware, or certain that the word PRESS protects her. Another victim of certain inhabitants of lost territories of the Republic. Left or Right - the same failures. (...)
Another had pity:
- "a notorious meeting place," hence well-known to the authorities who accept lawlessness. All my sympathy to the girl who came to do a report on France, "land of human rights" (even the right to rape).
Le Conservateur notes with irony:
(...) I find the implications simply scandalous. To link immigration with the explosion of crime is obviously racism! Moreover, it is clearly reality that is racist in this case. Where are all the anti-racist militants armed with nails and clubs and bicycle chains? (...)
The newly formed nationalist party Nouvelle Droite Populaire (NDP) reminds us that the Sangatte immigration shelter in Calais was closed in 2002 by Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy:
The rape of a young Canadian journalist in Calais is a reminder to those who pretend not to know that, amidst the general indifference of the authorities, thousands of foreign zombies wander the streets of a city that for years has been in the throes of permanent insecurity and disorder. The highly publicized closing of the Sangatte center in 2002, by then Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy, obviously has served no purpose. It is not a question of whether it is preferable to gather the illegals in some central location, or to let them free to haunt the streets of our cities; it is about sealing off access to our territory and banning all stays on our soil through forceful and immediate measures.
Confronted with such an invasion, feel-good attitudes of "humanitarian" associations are quite simply a manifestation of high treason.
Here are Sarkozy's words, from his book Témoignage, published shortly before the election, and that I included in a post from August 2006. He speaks of his visit to Sangatte:
"I will never forget my first visit to the shelter. Three thousand pair of eyes fixed on me, pleading and threatening. Almost men. Not one spoke a word of French. They expected everything. I had so little to give. They were calm and yet this silence was violent. That day I decided to get them all out of this situation. The solution proposed by the authorities was clearly not feasible because it was unfair. They would allow into England those who could prove they had a close relation already settled there and ship the others back to their homeland if it were possible. I could not see us making such a selection: on what grounds, what procedure, based on what evidence, and in the name of what, since all of them had suffered to get there and paid the high price to unscrupulous traffickers. We welcomed them, humanity dictated that we keep all of them..."