A number of NGOs have published a report claiming that the police systematically harass and intimidate volunteers helping migrants in Calais. The reports lists several hundred incidents and intimidation ranging "from systematic identity control to parking tickets, threats, insults and physical violence." The mayor Calais Natacha Bouchart struck back, the "accusations are groundless."
Calais is a large port on the English Channel, across which many migrants try to reach Great Britain. ''We associations are forced to note that, in Calais, the police persecute volunteers and too often violate legal obligations,'' the joint report by the NGOs L'Auberge des Migrants, Utopia 56, Help Refugees and Refugee Info Bus states, according to France Info.