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French police clear 'migrant camp' in central Paris

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French police clear 'migrant camp' in central Paris


French police cleared out a so-called migrant camp on Tuesday morning (June 2) in central Paris.

Around 300 migrants, mostly from east Africa, had set up the camp under a rumbling railway bridge backing on to Gare du Nord station.

The encampment had been set up for over a year, but in recent weeks French officials have called for it to be cleared out because it had become too large.

Bruno Morel, Director General of the homeless charity Emmaus, said on Tuesday that the migrants were being relocated to centres for asylum seekers and social housing.

Some people came to the camp on Tuesday morning to express their solidarity with the migrants.

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