Wednesday, August 17, 2016

French Police Evict More Than 800 Immigrants from Camps in Northern Paris

PARIS – More than 800 immigrants were evacuated from several makeshift camps around the French capital on the Paris Police Prefecture said.

Police chief Yann Drouet told French media that between 800-900 immigrants were camped near the Place de la Bataille-de-Stalingrad and the operation to remove them began at dawn.

The immigrants, mostly Afghan, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali, were taken to a local police station where their legal status was reviewed and they were offered advice and support if necessary, said Drouet.

The Prefecture has launched various eviction operations since late July.

Some human rights organizations have denounced the evictions, which they consider focused more on expelling the immigrants from the area than offering solutions or seeking alternative accommodation

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