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France: Mayors Panic, Call on Macron to Help Them Deal with Tsunami of Migrants

Workers trying to extinguish a tent burning at a makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Seven mayors from France called on President Emmanuel Macron to step in and help them deal with the flow of (illegal) immigrants from Africa and the Middle East.

French daily Le Monde published a letter written by the mayors of Strasbourg, Grenoble, Rennes, Nantes, Toulouse, Lille, and Bordeaux. In the letter, the mayors say that they are forced to take in “several thousand” refugees every month. This tsunami is creating massive social problems, they go on to explain. They feel that they’re “backed up against a wall” and “completely saturated.”

The mayors want Macron to establish a “solidarity network” between the cities of France “dedicated to addressing the flow of migrants,” as well as an “enlarged meeting with the state at the highest level,” which the mayors say must act quickly by assuming its sovereign powers to “finance these developed actions and propose a clarified framework of work with the communities for a real plan of reception of the migrants.”

France is one of the countries hardest hit by the refugee crisis. When authorities wanted to relocate some 6,000 migrants from the Calais “Jungle” they had created, all hell broke loose. These supposed refugees have caused major problems in France, with entire regions being taken over by them. The same goes for Paris, where you can actually see these “immigrants” sleeping on the streets and begging local residents for money. There are also daily reports of migrants trying to illegally cross the Canal to move into England where, they believe, a brighter future awaits them.