Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 6(1), pp. 86 - 93
DOI: 10.13189/sa.2018.060108
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Sauvons Calais, a Nationalist Vigilante Group

Matthijs Gardenier *
University Paul Valéry, France


This article focuses on a French anti-refugee vigilante group: Sauvons Calais. Linked to the radical far-right, it aims to mobilize the population against the presence of migrants in Calais. The goals of this nationalist group are the establishment of self-defense groups against refugees and the expulsion of all migrants. Its activities also take the form of vigilantism: calls for self-justice, patrols, direct action. We will also dwell on the cloudy links between the group and law enforcement agencies. Studying the emergence of this type of collective group is particularly interesting: given the situation in Europe, it is likely that these types of groups will start multiplying across the continent.

Refugee Crisis, Calais, Vigilantism, Borders, Far Right Activism, Nationalism

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Matthijs Gardenier . "Sauvons Calais, a Nationalist Vigilante Group." Sociology and Anthropology 6.1 (2018) 86 - 93. doi: 10.13189/sa.2018.060108.