Yesterday a group of volunteers from Génération Identitaire set up a symbolic border fence and blocked migrants from crossing from Italy to France along a widely-used route across the southern Alps.
The video below is made from two clips combined. The first shows the operation in the Alps, and includes an explanation by an Identitaire spokesman. The second is a scene from the French parliament.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is an article about the incident from France24:
Far-Right Activists Block Alps Pass Used by Migrants
Around 100 far-right activists on Saturday tried to block a French alpine pass used by migrants in a bid to “ensure that no illegal immigrant can return to France”.
Members of the rightwing Generation Identity (GI) movement trudged through the snow up to Col de l’Echelle near the border with Italy where they plan to spend the night.
The pass is a “strategic point of passage for illegal immigrants” entering from Italy, GI spokesman Romain Espino, told AFP, criticising what he called “a lack of courage of the public authorities”.
“With a little bit of will, we can control immigration and borders,” he added.
The group — mainly French but also including Italians, Hungarians, Danes, Austrians, English and Germans — plan to set up a “symbolic frontier” using plastic wire mesh.
Espino said the activists want “to explain to the potential migrants that it is inhumane to make those people crossing the Mediterranean or the snow-covered Alps believe that these routes are not risky”.
“They are not going to find El Dorado, it’s immoral. Those who pay for it are the French,” he added.
For the past year, the French Alps have experienced a sharp increase in arrivals of young people, mostly from Guinea and Ivory Coast.
|00:00||Anti-immigration militants belonging to the movement Génération Identitaire conducted|
|00:04||an operation against migrants in the Echelle Pass region in the Alps on the Franco-Italian border,|
|00:12||a passage-point for illegals. Equipped with banners, the militants|
|00:16||created a symbolic border with plastic netting.|
|00:20||Please listen to the spokesman for the association.|
|00:24||As of this morning we are installed at the Echelle Pass, where we|
|00:28||took back control of the border, so the border is blocked,|
|00:33||in case some illegal migrants might like to sneak into France.|
|00:37||Our goal today is very simple: to be able to show the public power [government]|
|00:41||that with a little determination and our means,|
|00:45||we have the capacity to really take back control of our borders. Therefore you may|
|00:49||note well that it’s about the lack of political courage|
|00:53||on the part of our public power, which is not taking care of it.|
|00:00||My intervention right now concerns a point that is directed|
|00:04||to the Minister of Interior. It so happens that we find out|
|00:08||that at the moment, on the Pass of Echelle, there is|
|00:12||[unintelligible] a small gang of|
|00:16||about one hundred people, who are also allegedly equipped with a helicopter,|
|00:20||and who pretend to solve the border problem. Those are|
|00:24||the friends of Mr. Collard, and since he is “friend of the law” [i.e. Collard is a lawyer],|
|00:28||he will no doubt join me in asking the Minister of the Interior,|
|00:32||who pretends that the Rule of Law must be established everywhere, and in particular. — Monsieur…|
|00:36||Monsieur Collard you don’t have any more floor than before.|
|00:40||No, you’ll have it [the floor] in a minute. But my dear colleagues, the situation is as follows:|
|00:44||those people over there created such an atmosphere of suspicion,|
|00:48||of bad intentions towards every living soul, that voilà,|
|00:52||a hundred of their supporters allowed themselves to go to the border in order|
|00:56||to push back, in the snow, the poor people who are there! I think that nobody among us approves of|
|01:00||such a method! We are asking [unintelligible] Interior, what they are planning to do|
|01:04||from now on to prevent the borders being protected by the friends of|
|01:08||Madame Le Pen, who doesn’t protect anything, but only creates chaos!|
|01:12||Thank you very much, Mme Commissioner. Could you give us the opinion of the Commission about|
|01:16||this amendment of suppression? Mme Commissioner, we have…|
|01:20||I’m sorry, Mme Commissioner, we have a point of order.|
|01:24||Yes. —There’s no more point of order?|
|01:28||Monsieur Collard, your floor.|
|01:33||Monsieur Mélanchon, who is returning from Marseille, and who must have suffered —|
|01:37||it’s not the point of order, on what ground, Monsieur Collard? —Yes, yes,|
|01:41||Mr. President, do you want me to tell you again?|
|01:45||Thank you for your specifics on the ruling, and the floor is yours. — So I’m specifying it, voilà.|
|01:49||In two seconds: Monsieur Mélenchon, Monsieur Mélenchon,|
|01:53||it’s been a long time that you’ve been traveling. I have no helicopter, but you…|
|01:57||What are you taking? [literally: what is your propeller?] —This is not a point of order!
Hat tip for the article: Reader from Chicago.