Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

The French police evict 1606 immigrants of two camps precarious in Paris

The French police evict 1606 immigrants of two camps precarious in Paris

The prefecture of police moved to 600 agents to the camp at the Porte de la Chapelle and in the area of Saint-Denis, in the north-east of Paris.

Paris police cleared two migrant camps in northern Paris and the inner suburb of Saint Denis on Thursday morning.

Citing severely degraded health situation and increasing insecurity in the capital's Peripherique ring road, Paris police said they evacuated between 400 and 500 migrants from an illegal roadside site in the Porte de la Chapelle area and almost 900 others on President Wilson avenue.

"I will no longer tolerate these installations by the roadside here or anywhere else on public spaces in Paris", Paris police prefect Didier Lallement told reporters at the scene.

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.

The operation began in pouring rain at around 06:00 (05:00 GMT) near the Porte de la Chapelle.

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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. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) French Police officers evacuate a migrant during a large operation to dismantle makeshift migrant camps in the north of Paris, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

The police also said that the operation had gone smoothly.

The area had already been evacuated from the rocky embankment along the Paris ring road last June, but aid groups say around 100 people are still living there, often attracting migrants from the nearby camps. It is widely assumed that Mr Macron will face off against far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whom he defeated in the presidential run-off in 2017.

Macron's government said on Wednesday that it would curtail access to healthcare for asylum seekers, claiming there are too many abuses of the system.

But it also promised to facilitate more skilled migration in sectors where French businesses are struggling to fill jobs, including by setting annual quotas.

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