Banksy Graffiti Art About Calais Refugee Camp Appears On French Embassy In London

A visual critique of French police brutality

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A new Banksy artwork, depicting a girl from Les Misérables, has appeared this weekend on the French Embassy in London.

Rarely one to shy away from political controversy, graffiti artist Banksy has this weekend directed his disapproval at the French mistreatment of migrants in the Calais refugee camps.

Following reports that French officials entered the camp - nicknamed 'The Jungle' - with bulldozers and tear gas, to destroy tents and evict the mostly Syrian refugees, the world largely responded with horror and disdain.

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Banksy's latest piece of work shows a young woman from the film and musical Les Misérables, rising out of a cloud of CS tear gas, with tears streaming from her eyes, the French flag in tatters behind her. 

As part of an interesting new digital venture for the artist, this piece of art is interactive.

 

In the bottom left corner of the design, is a QR code which links to a video of the January 5 police raids on the Calais camps. 

This most recent artwork is part of a greater series, all pertaining to Europe's mishandling of the refugee crisis. 

Earlier this month, Banksy depicted former Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the wall of a tunnel in the Calais Jungle. The art was intended to signifiy the fact that one of the world's largest and most preeminent corporations wouldn't have been possible if it hadn't been for Jobs, himself the son of Syrian migrants.

 

What do you think of Banksy's latest act of protest? Let us know on Twitter @ELLEUK!

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