Smiling at the riot police in the Jungle, he is the so-called “independent troublemaker” and the face of opposition to the destruction of the Calais migrant camp.
Anarchist Chiara Lauvergnac, 55, divides her time between living with refugees in northern France and a house in trendy Hackney.
The Italian, who moved to Britain ten years ago to study anthropology at the University of East London, believes all refugees should be able to enter Britain.
She is also part of an anti-capitalist network demanding that all immigration controls be removed and in a rant called the police: “F ***** gb ****** s”.
Ms Lauvergnac also claimed to represent the anarchist group No Borders, which is now under investigation by French police after migrants claimed to have started life-threatening fires in the Calais jungle.
Anarchist Chiara Lauvergnac, 55, poses for riot police in the Calais jungle last December where the so-called “troublemaker” lives for periods of time
Good life: Chiara sips what appears to be champagne at home over Christmas 2009 – since then she has split much of her time between London and Calais
Row: She claimed to be the spokesperson for the No Borders group – which wants immigration rules to be removed – and the group is under investigation as to whether it encouraged or started fires
There is no suggestion that Ms Lauvergnac, who jokes on Facebook that she went to the “Anarchist Free School”, was involved in the deliberate fires in Calais this week.
Last week, she claimed photographs of migrant children arriving in Britain who appeared to be over 18 were “fake”, pushed by right-wing “dogs” and Conservative MPs.
Life: Italian Chiara was prosecuted last year for trying to prevent the deportation of Afghan refugees
And after the Brussels airport bombardment killed 32 people in March, she was slammed online after a Facebook post said there was a “bright side” to the terrorist attack in Brussels too. The Islamic State.
He said: “It could mean some chaos and a good chance some people will go to UK Sorry, there is a silver lining to everything”.
She was also accused of sharing two conspiracy stories that the bombings could have been rigged.
Its protests are not limited to the north of France.
At Gatwick Airport last year, she was arrested after she robbed a coach containing Afghan nationals on the verge of being deported from Britain
She allegedly stopped the bus and sat in front and was charged in court with transporting glue with the aim of damaging the bus.
Lauvergnac pleaded not guilty on the grounds that she was trying to ‘help people in danger’ – but was found guilty and given 18-month parole and ordered her to pay £ 400 in costs and a victim fine surcharge from £ 15.
Despite the destruction of the jungle, she is reportedly still in the camp, where she posts photos and social media messages several times a day.
Chiara Lauvergnac is taken by the arm by police in Calais – she came to Britain ten years ago to study in London
Controversial: This Facebook post at the time of the Brussels attack, reposted online, said it could increase the chances of migrants arriving in the UK
Born in Trieste, Italy, she is said to come from a family of famous musicians who live in northern Italy, Paris and Vienna, including jazz singer Anna Lauvergnac.
His surname is French and has aristocratic ties dating back to the 13th century. Several villages bear the same name as a large castle on the Breton coast.
Although Ciara has been photographed drinking sparkling wine from a champagne flute at home, since 2009 she has been living in camps in Calais, Italy and Greece, sleeping in tents and washing in fountains.
Passionate photographer who has posed several times in her tent, she has also organized art exhibitions and had fun with her violin.
When in London, she protested against the gentrification of parts of London, including Brixton, and against the government outside Downing Street.
In 2006, she demonstrated outside Haslar Detention Center near Portsmouth, where she said she was the spokesperson for London No Borders, a refugee rights group.
Members including Charlie Gilmour, the adopted son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, clashed with police outside St Pancras last year.
The anti-capitalist and pro-freedom of movement network has been involved in violent protests in the past and is now accused of starting fires that detonated gas canisters in the jungle overnight.
Patrick Visser-Bourdon, the police commissioner leading the security operation, was inspecting other fires today and said members of Britain’s No Borders organization had pointed the most sharply at them.
“The migrants say No Borders activists entered the camp in the middle of the night and set off the canisters,” Visser-Bourdon said.
“We are investigating these allegations and trying to find those responsible,” Visser-Bourdon added. He said a dozen buildings were destroyed in the worst fires.
Home: His last address, since appearing in Gatwick court, was this leafy street in Hackney near Victoria Park
Blazes: The anti-capitalist and pro-free network with which she has links has already been involved in violent protests and is today accused of starting fires which detonated gas canisters in the jungle during the night
No Borders distanced itself from Chiara Lauvergnac, saying that despite her previous spokesperson allegations, she “couldn’t turn on a tap,” according to the Times.
Authorities in Calais have in the past accused members of “extremist militants”, including encouragement, violence and harassment against French police, as well as “manipulation” and “deception” of the migrants living there.
Tom Radcliffe, a UK volunteer who helped establish Help Refugees, said earlier this year the group was not that bad.
But said: “Sometimes they do pretty stupid things, giving people inaccurate information. They can be immature because a lot of them are very young and haven’t seen what happens when things go wrong ”.
MailOnline attempted to contact Ms. Lauvergnac.