Oil giant Total is building a three meter high steel wall around its gas station in Calais, France. According to Total officials, the wall is a necessary safety measure because the parking lot is being used by human traffickers to pick up illegal immigrants who want to enter the United Kingdom.
Newspaper Nord Littoral posted a picture of the wall being constructed on its social media page.
The location of this particular gas station is very strategic to migrants who want to enter through the English port of Dover. The Total gas station has been used as pit stop by people trying to get to the UK by boarding lorries before heading to the town’s port, on their way across the English Channel.
The human traffickers hoard the illegal immigrants into their trucks.
Total officials said the wall would protect the customers, company staff, as well as the migrants who venture into the gas station.
The company disclosed the construction was approved by Fabien Sudry, the prefect of Pas –de-Calais, who strongly supports the decision of Total to build the wall:
“The construction of the wall is the result of the presence on this site of migrants and traffickers. Traffickers take advantage of this station near the port to get migrants in the trucks.”
Critics have been comparing the construction to U.S President Donald Trump’s dream of building a wall along the Mexican border.
People who are against the wall have called it “ugly” and “divisive”. Some have voiced their opinion that Total’s move had purely political motives.
According to the latest statistics, there are currently 600 migrants in Calais. Recently, migrants set fire to a lorry near the French town in an attempt to create a diversion while attempting to sneak on board. A Bulgarian driver was seriously injured after being dragged from his truck which was set on fire.