French police dismantle large migrant camps in Paris

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2019

Before Thursday's evacuation, hundreds of people had been living at the makeshift tent camps in Paris for months.

French police cleared out two illegal migrant camps in northern Paris early Thursday morning, a day after President Emmanuel Macron's government unveiled tough measures to handle the migrant influx.

Numerous occupants, which included families with children, said they were from Afghanistan or sub-Saharan Africa.

Lallement added that police would remain at the camp sites over coming weeks to ensure that migrants released from detention do not immediately return.

Since the closure of the camps in Calais three years ago, many have made their way to Porte de la Chapelle and Seine-Saint-Denis, as well as other camps inside and outside the city.

"We prefer to maintain relief withhold a watch on of our migration protection", High Minister Edouard Philippe told a press conference Wednesday, unveiling a collection of measures which he said aimed to give a seize to France's "sovereignty".

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He also said each individual case would be looked at, with more support for asylum seekers whose cases were approved and deportation for those denied permission to stay, Le Figaro reports.

"Prefects have told me time and again the camps would not come back, but each time they have reappeared", Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo told reporters.

"Dispersal operations are no solution".

Many have sought to make their way to Paris in recent years, particularly after a once-sprawling migrant camp in Calais was, for the most part, shut down by French authorities in 2016. "Our country needs to provide permanent and proper housing while people's asylum applications are considered", he said on France Info radio.

Those whose asylum request is rejected will have to leave French territory and some will be deported, he said.

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