NOTE: My father during WW II bombed the crap out of Calais in a ruse/deception campaign to force the Nazis into believing that the land invasion would take place there. Now it’s the scene of a real invasion, of the UK and being bombed once again, with real crap. The irony of it all.
Calais: A ‘dying’ city but not quite like Baghdad
Migrants’ tents lined up alongside the water underneath the shadow of the Belfry. Photo: AFP
Published: 14 Aug 2015 14:30 GMT+02:00
Historic Calais has been blighted by the ever-worsening migrant crisis in Europe, but while residents tell The Local the port city is dying a slow death, it’s nowhere near as bad as the UK press make it out to be.
Calais was once known as a cultural hotspot in northern France, with a five-kilometre beach that beckoned visitors to stay rather than pass through.
Now, tourists are being warned to close their car windows and lock their doors as they drive past.
So what went wrong?
For almost 20 years, the city has increasingly acted as a gateway for thousands of migrants and refugees from all over the world desperate to get across the English Channel to the UK.