On the 20th of June, Banksy marked World Refugee Day in one of their modern capitals, Paris. Addressing President Emmanuel Macron’s “get migrants off France’s streets and out of forest hideouts” drive, the street artist has given his opinions about the current political situation in France.
The first piece portrays a girl painting over a swastika using a pink Victorian pattern. It certainly looks like a reference to the artist’s 2008 work named “Go Flock Yourself.” The mural criticizes the apparently fascist French government’s migrant policies. The girl was seen near the Porte de la Chapelle metro station, the location of Paris’s official refugee center “La Bulle” until August 2017.
The second mural is Banksy’s representation of the iconic painting “Napoleon Crossing the Alps.” People believe it mocks President Macron, blindly leading the nation.
The third one depicts a man feeding a bone to a legless dog. Some say it is a metaphor for the politicians tricking the populace with masked agendas.
The last three works feature rats – Banksy’s signature stencil, motivated by Parisian artist Blek Le Rat. They depict the working class and the way normal people can make a tremendous difference when working together.
Art historian Paul Ardenne said these murals are very much in Banksy’s style. "The color, the line, the subject and the way he has adapted the images from photos, all point to them being Banksy’s style during the 2000s", the street art expert told journalists. "There is a very particular signature. If [the mural of the girl] is not by Banksy, it is a very good copy,” he said.