While the French president shows himself to be completely ridiculous by trying to believe he will solve the situation in Calais by repeating the same recipes that have been repeated for fourteen years, the British authorities, who know that the Exiles are not going to disappear, continue their border control policies.

So they are financing the wall; the construction of which has begun along the ring road access to the port of Calais. There is nothing new in this, it is the continuation of existing fences, pursuing the same policy of remodelling the Calais area, increasingly shaped by the development of the British border defenses.

They also launched an 80 million tender to private companies to delegate the inspection of trucks and the interrogation of Exiles who might be present in the ports of Calais and Dunkirk boarding trucks or on trains from the Channel Tunnel. Participating in British controls on French soil under the 1991 Sangatte Protocol (access to the Channel Tunnel) and the 2003 Le Touquet Treaty (the Channel and the North Sea ports).


Which brings us to another dimension, that of the economy of border control, and the business to which it gives rise, the business which is done there. The perimeter of the Channel Tunnel can thus be considered like an open air tradefair of control techniques, From drones to the horseback gendarmerie patrols, security guards with dogs, scanners and thermal imagers.