The French government is monitoring the hordes of New Age tourists in the tiny French hamlet of Bugarach, considered by some to be the only site on earth to survive a 2012 apocalypse.
A report published Wednesday said the village should be watched over until Dec. 21, 2012, when Mayan prophecy claims the world will end.
Bugarach’s picturesque scenery has made it the subject of legend for centuries, however an influx lately of wild-eyed Doomsday fanatics is unnerving the French government. In fact, members of the American Ramtha School of Enlightenment have invaded the area and set up six settlements.
“I think we need to be careful. We shouldn’t get paranoid, but when you see what happened at Waco in the United States, we know this kind of thinking can influence vulnerable people,” Georges Fenech, president of sect watchdog Miviludes told Reuters, according to Yahoo!.
The village features an “upside-down mountain,” with the top rock layers being older than the lower ones, lending the town a mystical feel. Many people are looking to the town as the only refuge from the 2012 apocalypse.
The French government is facing a tough challenge in policing the 2012 apocalypse believers invading the sleepy town. Most of the visitors are probably people who are not easy to reason with. As long as they are non-violent, however, the authorities likely cannot force them to leave.