Marine Le Pen was left outraged after she was refused entry to a refugee camp
The Front National leader had not warned Utopia 56, the charity that runs the camp in Grande-Synthe, that she would be stopping for a visit because if she had "they would only have shown her what they wanted her to see", the French news channel BFMTV reports.
Damien Carême, mayor of Grande-Synthe, told Utopia 56 officials that the nationalist candidate had been “barred” from the camp.
Mr Carême tweeted: “I am the one who denied Marine Le Pen entry to the Grande-Synthe refugee camp – she had the audacity to show up without prior warning!
"She has no respect for human life. The camp is not a zoo. She promotes hate and division. I couldn’t let her in!”
Mrs Le Pen retorted by saying: “This is democracy in France: only pro-immigrant officials are allowed to visit migrant camps!”
Mayor Damien Carême banned the Right-winger because she had ‘no respect for human life'
Outraged, the far-right chief held an impromptu press conference outside the camp which she used to condemn Mr Carême and Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart’s “irresponsible” handling of the migrant crisis.
She has no respect for human life. The camp is not a zoo
Mayor Damien Carême,
She said: “Officials are sending migrants conflicting signals, and they are therefore partly to blame for the crisis. We tell immigrants that we don’t want them to come to France, but at the same time, we encourage the ones that are here to stay!
"What’s more, we are facilitating their illegal entry into the UK by setting up camps near the border.”
Mrs Le Pen also said that the government had to stop giving refugees “false hope” and that it would be more “humane” to deport illegal immigrants “immediately”.
The Front National leader criticised the mayor and called for France’s borders to be secured
Le Pen told the French government to stop giving refugees ‘false hope’
The anti-EU loyalist added that the migrant crisis “would get worse after Brexit” because borders would become “even more porous”.
Mrs Le Pen then took to Twitter to further vent her frustrations, tweeting: “Calais is a martyred town that has been crushed by the migrant crisis. Immigrants are returning to Calais; the situation there has become intolerable. We must take back control of our borders.”