France’s Le Pen Denied Entry to Migrant Camp

January 24, 2017 Updated: January 24, 2017

France’s Marine Le Pen, the conservative candidate campaigning for president, has been refused entry when she tried to visit a migrant camp outside Dunkirk, in northern France.

Le Pen tweeted after her failed bid on Tuesday to enter the Grande-Synthe camp, “This is democracy a la Francaise!”

Her National Front party blames immigration and migrants in particular for a series of French woes. In a series of tweets from outside the camp, Le Pen, a leading candidate in France’s spring elections, lambasted “the crazy immigration policy of our successive governments.”

She tweeted, “We have to send illegals home and control our national borders if not the camps will be rebuilt.”

A huge makeshift camp holding thousands of migrants in nearby Calais was shut down after a mass evacuation at the end of October. The official Grande-Synthe camp holds some 800 travelers. Most of those in northern France are trying to sneak across the English Channel to Britain, not stay in France.