Police clear 1600 migrants from two Paris camps

Cheryl Sanders
November 7, 2019

The two camps near the Porte de la Chapelle, sheltered under the ring road that surrounds the capital, were believed to hold between 600 and 1,200 migrants.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said his country must "take back control of immigration" and come up with clear choices regarding asylum and integration.

Hundreds of migrants living in makeshift tent camps in northern Paris were forced to clear the area in sweeping police raids on Thursday morning.

Around 600 police officers were involved in the operation, while migrants were bused to gym halls for temporary accommodation, reported public broadcaster FranceInfo.

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Law enforcement Prefect Didier Lallement instructed reporters Thursday that "1,606 men and women had been evacuated and the internet site is now freed of all its occupants".

President Emmanuel Macron has been accused of cynically striving to fend off the enchantment of the far suitable right before upcoming year's municipal elections.

In the presentation of the measures, the minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, he announced the Government's intention to evacuate the camps of migrants in paris "from here to the end of the year".

"It's raining, it's cold".

Residents have long complained of insecurity and unsanitary conditions at the camps, and police officials said they had registered 213 "aggressions" near the Porte de la Chapelle camps this year - not including clashes between migrant groups.

French police have started clearing migrant camps in and around Paris as part of a government effort to crack down on immigration.

It was the 59th evacuation of informal camps since 2015, Versini said.

Granting asylum seekers the right to remain in the country, he said in a speech on Wednesday, needs to be "actively based on our principles and goals". Many volunteers from different associations were also present.

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