“Be careful, you are on a road with limited access”, warns the GPS even before the first security checkpoint. At the end of the 1980s, when “l’Obs” was giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Eurotunnel construction site, it was about green lights and futuristic laser beams. In an atmosphere of “Secret base à la James Bond” ... Today, the barbed palisades and surmounted by surveillance cameras that surround the site since the dismantling of the Calais jungle rather remind us of the wall, erected by Donald Trump between Texas and Mexico.
From the motorway, the fences are so high (4 meters) that you can no longer see the sea. And the old photos of the crowd cheering for Queen Elisabeth II when she inaugurated the tunnel behind the wheel of her Rolls Royce Phantom seem to ‘a past age. It was in 1994… The attacks of the 2010s passed by there, the migratory crisis too. “The Eurotunnel has become a place as protected as a nuclear power station”, breathes Nadiera Mondongue, the spokesperson for Getlink who gives us access to it to help us discover the digital border that will be deployed from this 1er January 2021.
Officially, it was Brexit that spurred the design of this smart border, or “smart border” as the English call it. “To prepare for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, we have invested 47 million euros, one third of which is devoted to IT development …”, specifies Jacques Gounon, the
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