French police have evacuated 2,400 migrants and dismantled their makeshift camp in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis near the Stade de France.
French police have evicted at least 2,400 migrants and dismantled their makeshift camp in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis near the Stade de France.
“On my instruction, the @prefpolice [Paris police prefecture] proceeds this morning to the evacuation of an illegal camp of 2000 people living in deplorable sanitary conditions in #SaintDenis .Thank you to the mobilized police forces and the agents of the @prefet75_IDF [state services in Ile-de-France region] who ensure their shelter,” tweeted French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
The migrants would be reportedly moved to various reception centers and gymnasiums in the greater Paris region using 70 buses.
NGO France Terre Asile said that the 2,400 migrants were living in squalid conditions in the camp and said the evacuation was much needed.
“These camps are not acceptable. This operation aims to ensure that people with the right to be here are given shelter and those who do not have that right do not remain on French territory,” said Paris police prefect, Didier Lallement.