As this site reported, during the protest in Calais by PEGIDA that the government banned but citizens did anyway, a former general and commander of the French Foreign Legion in the 1990s, General Piquemal, was the figurehead and champion of the people of Calais for this demonstration.
Regula readers of this site might have noticed a somewhat conspicuous absence of information after the brutal and well videotaped arrest of the General by police, even while ‘ANTI-FA’ violent protestors went unmolested.
The General was in jail that night and in hospital the next, after which he gave a stunning speech about how wrong he was to be at the protest and made other noises consistent with current government policies in France today. After he was released, he made another sharp turn and spoke again about the plight of the indigenous French.
It will take some time and research to come up with some kind of definitive explanation for these events but the video below may offer some data points at least. It would not be unfair to suspect that the General may have experienced some kind of government pressure to say the things he did subsequent to his release. But this is speculation for the moment.