Horrendous traffic jams, run the gauntlet of migrants, road blockades, wildfires at campsites… and now farmers are spraying manure over cars
10,000 holidaymakers were forced to flee as wildfires tore through bone-dry forests in the southern Var region. More fires broke out yesterday west of Bordeaux, threatening 1,000 houses, thanks to soaring summer temperatures. In the north 5,000 migrants are camping at Calais and invading the Channel Tunnel on a nightly basis to reach UK. An estimated 2,000 people invaded the tunnel last night, said operator Eurotunnel, as two more today hit by trains. Meanwhile in the east farmers are spraying unsuspecting cars with manure, closing highways in food-price protest
Chaos in France: Farmers have launched a protest in the east of France, spraying unsuspecting cars with waves of manure and forcing the closure of the A31 highway due to falling food prices
‘It was the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half,’ said the spokesman for Eurotunnel, which is battling often deadly efforts to smuggle themselves into Britain.
‘All our security personnel, that is nearly 200 people as well as police were called in.’
The migrants tried to enter the site between midnight and 6am.
Tourists faced serious delays throughout much of today following the incursion attempt, with passengers held up for around an hour on the British side and 30 minutes on the French side.
Local authorities were unable to say whether any of the migrants were hurt in the attempt, although a French police source denied that there were as many as 2,000 involved.
Since the beginning of June, eight migrants have died trying to enter the tunnel.
Two migrants are in hospital this evening in Calais after being hit by high-speed trains as they tried to enter Britain through the Channel Tunnel today.
Seven others were saved from drowning at around the same time after falling into a concrete water collection basin near the Tunnel entrance.
Reports of their perilous attempts came as holidaymakers faced travel misery yet again today after the latest migrant chaos triggered huge delays on the Eurotunnel, with estimates putting waiting times at an hour in both directions.
Operation Stack – which saw the closure of Junctions 8 to 11 of the M20 motorway – ended on Sunday, but queues have been extremely slow to start moving again.
But when they finally enter France, things only seem to get worse for Britain’s holidaymakers.