France launches crackdown against migrants with thousands cleared from streets of Paris

Sunday, August 14, 2016
By Paul Martin

FRENCH police have launched a crackdown against migrants on the streets of Paris amid fears they are harming the city’s lucrative tourist industry.

Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Officials had turned a blind eye as thousand of homeless asylum-seekers flocked to the scores of makeshift camps that sprung up around the city.

But outrage at a spate of deadly terror attacks, growing numbers of migrants living in squalid street camps and a drastic dip in visitor numbers to Paris led to the new hardline approach.

The mood in the capital is already sombre with several popular summer festivals cancelled or curtailed because of terror fears and a massive police presence as part of the state of emergency declared by President Francois Hollande in response to the ISIS attacks.

Police have now carried out around 30 raids on the camps which usually consist of tents, mattresses, sleeping bags and cardboard boxes beneath Metro rail tracks or beside canals.

Thousands of migrants and asylum-seekers are now believed to have been swept from the streets as part of the ongoing operations.

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