Col de Montgenèvre, 1,900 meters above sea level, halfway between Briancon and Bardonecchia—it is on this border that the black heart of Europe beats nowadays. Here, the France of Emmanuel Macron has lost his honor, and the Europe of Juncker and Merkel its soul (or what little was left of it). In a few months, in a crescendo of arrogance and inhumanity, the French gendarmes who are guarding the border have staged a display of cruelty reminiscent of other times and other places.
It was in Bardonecchia that five armed police officers from the French customs police barged into the facilities for the reception and support of migrants managed by the Rainbow4Africa association, to force a young black man travelling from Paris to Rome with valid papers to undergo a humiliating urine test, after they bossed around, threatened and humiliated all those present.
In front of that same building, in February, the same French customs agents dumped Beauty, a 30-year-old migrant, like she was garbage—seven months pregnant and sick with end-stage lymphoma that made her unable to breathe. She had the proper papers, but Destiny, her husband, didn’t, so the tireless border patrol forced them off the bus from Clavier Oulx that would have taken them to the promised land, where jus soli would allow their child to be born European. Indifferent to the desperate condition she was in, they abandoned her out in the freezing cold.