Protesters wall off access to French migrant shelter
Protesters in a town in southwest France have built a nearly-two-meter-high wall around the entrance to a disused hotel to try to prevent it being turned into a migrant shelter. Working under cover of darkness, a few dozen residents of Semeac in the Pyrenees mountains erected a wall 18 meters long and 1.8 meters high barring access to the Formule 1 hotel, a spokesman for the group confirmed. “We not against taking in migrants,” Laurent Teixeira told AFP. “But you have to take account of the citizens.” Teixeira accused the authorities of failing to consult residents about the project to turn the former budget hotel into a shelter for up to 85 migrants.