Hundreds of refugees have been bussed out of Paris and taken to emergency accommodation across France during a large-scale evacuation of a settlement close to the Eurostar train station.
Around 350 officers were involved in moving on about 1,000 mostly Afghan and Sudanese people who had been sleeping under the bridges at Porte de la Chapelle and the surrounding areas.
The destruction of the camp area comes two days after the election of Emmanuel Macron as President of France, who has already indicated that he does not want refugees living rough in his country as they wait to get to test their asylum applications in the UK.
Instead, the French President-elect would far rather they were allowed to travel straight across the Channel so as to be processed as soon as possible.
A police spokesman in Paris said: "These illegal camps present a major risk for the security and health of their occupants as well as for local residents. Clearance of the camp started soon after dawn, and was completed later in the morning.'
The makeshift camp was a few hundred yards away from an official refugee centre, where men can live for two weeks before moving on.
Queues to get into the facility have been forming every morning and people are frequently rejected, which has led to them congregating nearby.
One local aid worker, who asked to be referred to by his first name of Ralph, said: "It's true it has become a magnet for lots of migrants. They get here hoping to enjoy food and lodging, and are then told they are not welcome. So they sleep rough nearby, and then the police move them on. It is an impossible situation. All they want is to be allowed to go straight to Britain." Read More…
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