France: Mayor of Calais refuses court order to provide water, utility service to migrants

France: Mayor of Calais refuses court order to provide water, utility service to migrants
Migrants try to breach a fence in Calais, France on 2 August. (Image: euronews video via YouTube)

France’s highest court has ordered the government to provide minimum conditions to welcome and host migrants gathering in Calais, hoping to make it across the Channel to Britain.

The town’s mayor, however, says she will not comply. …

Rights groups say around 500 migrants have returned to the town and are living in very poor conditions. The judge also instructed the government to help any migrants who want to leave Calais to go to any migrant reception and orientation center in France. …

Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart said after the court decision that she will not follow the court’s injunctions.

“The judicial decision of the Council of State is an injustice for the Calaisians, because it puts them again under the threat of the creation of another ‘Jungle,’” she said in a statement, referring to the informal camp which the government shut down last fall, rehousing some 6,000 migrants to centers around the country.

“In the absence of a national and European policy offering a global solution [on] immigration control, the City of Calais will not follow up on the injunctions,” Bouchart said.

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