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Empty words: Celebrities who had promised to house migrants

French celebrities who had rushed forward to say that they would welcome illegal immigrants at home, have not done so.

Published: September 5, 2019, 6:47 am

    As the news focused on the migration crisis that was engulfing Europe, a survey conducted by French broadcaster France2 for its television news in 2015, revealed that no celebrity who had declared hosting illegals at home, had kept their commitment.

    On the Monday 20h00 news, France2 wanted to know if these celebrities had put their words into action. The results of the survey were edifying.

    Singer Charles Aznavour for one had pledged to receive illegals “at home”. His entourage indicated that the accommodation in question was postponed and would take place “after his tour”. The singer passed away last year without receiving a sinle immigrant.

    A promise of welcoming illegals was also made by former football star Eric Cantona to Parisians. Cantona, sadly, has not welcomed any illegal “refugees” either. The reason, he said, was that the process takes much longer than expected. “It’s not as fast as that”.

    TV personality Franck Tanguy at the microphone of RMC also announced: “I am ready to welcome a migrant to my home.” Contacted by France2 , the announcer explained that he had not yet hosted a migrant at home, but that he had “made contact with an association”.

    There was a small problem however. When France2 telephoned the association in question, they said that they did not have the name of Franck Tanguy on their list. And when France2 contacted him again, he did not give any explanation for this anomaly.

    Previously, Tanguy told BMTV: “Immigration is an opportunity,” citing “the dynamism of the United States brought by immigrants”.

    Some 300 clandestine migrants were hosted by 12 of the 95 French dioceses, following the call of Pope Francis at the time.

    Similarly, the Archbishop of Canterbury had lectured the British about how they should be welcoming Syrian “refugees” with open arms. But he has yet to lead by example and house them in the numerous large mansions owned by the Church, including the almost empty Lambeth Palace.

    Other British celebrities and politicians have also said they would house migrants, including Nicola Sturgeon, Bob Geldof, Yvette Cooper, Emma Thompson, Stan Collymore and author of the Harry Potter series JK Rowling.

    Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined Bob Geldof in saying that they would open their home to those fleeing war in Syria. She told Sky News that she would be “absolutely happy” to do so in 2015. But neither of them have done so.

    “I’m prepared – I’m lucky, I’ve a place in Kent and a flat in London – me and (partner) Jeanne would be prepared to take three families immediately in our place in Kent and a family in our flat in London, immediately, and put them up until such time as they can get going and get a purchase on their future,” Geldof told the media at the time.

    Stan Collymore also said that he would take migrants into his home.

    But three months on, Geldof who had offered to house not one, but three families because the government’s response was an “absolute sickening disgrace”, had not housed any.

    Yet more silence followed when journalists inquired as to whether Geldof was in the process of trying to use his residences to house migrants. It was a similar story with regards to Collymore, who said he would take in a migrant family.

    Liberal activist Lily Allen had demanded that British citizens open their borders and homes to refugees. However, soon after opening her own home to “migrants”, the leftist celebrity complained about being left homeless for the Christmas season because her immigrant guests had refused to leave.

    The Sun reported that her foreign tenants had diplomatic immunity and could not be evicted. Allen had been fooling her followers into believing she had opened her home to “refugees”, when they were actually wealthy diplomats to whom she was renting her property.

    Allen’s self-induced homelessness came in the wake of her apologising to Muslim migrants in the Calais Jungle camp on Britain’s behalf while demanding from already burdened taxpayers take in more migrants.

    After sparking outrage on social media and accusations of hypocrisy, Allen vowed to take in an unaccompanied minor herself. As it turned out, Allen never took in a child “refugee” but rather leased her luxury apartment to the foreign diplomats.

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