French police clear migrant makeshift camps in northern Paris
Nov 08 2019
The French police has stated that they had initiated a crackdown on migrant camps in Paris, forcibly removing more than 1,600 undocumented immigrants.
Officials say nearly 600 police officers were involved in clearing up the makeshift tents set up in exhaust-fumed clad areas underneath suburban highways.
600 police officers were mobilized for the intervention.
The authorities woke the men, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and some from the Middle East, at dawn and herded them onto buses that took 1,600 of them to temporary holding facilities in gymnasiums and sports halls elsewhere in the capital.
As the evacuation unfolded, Paris police prefect Didier Lallement told reporters that the city would "no longer tolerate" the erection of makeshift camp sites, according to Reuters.
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.
"We want to take back control of our migration policy", Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told a press conference on Wednesday, unveiling a series of measures which he said aimed to strengthen France's "sovereignty".
On Wednesday, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said 16,000 places would be made available in three new migrant centres, in an effort to prevent migrants from setting up new settlements.
Migrants sheltering on roadsides and under bridges in Chapelle neighborhood and Saint-Denis commune were "evacuated" in an operation, said the reports.
Castaner told France Info radio on Thursday that police would also move to dismantle a notorious "crack hill" of drug addicts near the Porte de la Chapelle camps by Christmas.
France is one of many European countries to struggle with its response to an influx of irregular migrants and the government is under pressure to react to the political challenge from the far-right National Rally of Marine Le Pen.