Saturday 10 December 2016

Police start evacuating Paris migrant camp on heels of Calais closure

Published 04/11/2016 | 07:33

French riot police officer stands guard next to tents of a dismantled makeshift camp in a street near Stalingrad metro station REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French riot police officer stands guard next to tents of a dismantled makeshift camp in a street near Stalingrad metro station REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A bulldozer removes tents from a dismantled makeshift camp in a street near Stalingrad metro station after the evacuation of thousands of migrants and their transfer by French authorities to reception centres, in Paris, France, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A message is seen left on a tent of a dismantled makeshift camp in a street near Stalingrad metro station after the evacuation of thousands of migrants and their transfer by French authorities to reception centres, in Paris, France, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Workers remove tents from a dismantled makeshift camp in a street near Stalingrad metro station after the evacuation of thousands of migrants and their transfer by French authorities to reception centres, in Paris, France, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French riot police officers stand guard next to tents of a dismantled makeshift camp in a street near Stalingrad metro station after the evacuation of thousands of migrants and their transfer by French authorities to reception centres, in Paris, France, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Workers clean a dismantled makeshift camp in a street near Stalingrad metro station after the evacuation of thousands of migrants and their transfer by French authorities to reception centres, in Paris, France, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

French police moved in at dawn on Friday morning to evacuate thousands of migrants living in tents under a railway bridge in northeast Paris.

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Numbers there have soared since the closure of another large camp outside the port city of Calais last week.

Police moved in around 0500 GMT, a Reuters journalist at the scene said.

A spokeswoman for the Paris prefecture said the migrants - many from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Sudan - would be transferred by bus to holding centres across the Paris area where they will be able to process asylum requests.

"The evacuation operation is running smoothly so far," she said, adding that all the migrants would be moved out on Friday. Some 600 police officers have been deployed at the location, she said. Estimates put the number at the camp at as many as 3,000.

Migrants scramble to board buses to temporary shelters as police clear out hundreds of migrants camping out in northern Paris (AP)
Migrants scramble to board buses to temporary shelters as police clear out hundreds of migrants camping out in northern Paris (AP)

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