Police evict thousands of migrants from north Paris sidewalks in yet another crackdown far from the Mediterranean — Where 49 missing and presumed drowned in another boat tragedy

Peace and Freedom

Fri Jul 7, 2017 | 4:11am EDT

Reuters

French police evict thousands of migrants living on sidewalks near the reception center for migrants and refugees at porte de la Chapelle, north of Paris, France, July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

French police evicted thousands of migrants living on sidewalks in an area of northern Paris as dawn broke on Friday – many of them people who fled war or strife in countries as far away as Sudan, Eritrea and Afghanistan.

Dozens of police and white police vans moved in at around 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) to clear the area where Paris City Hall official Dominique Versini said numbers have swollen to between 2,000 and 2,500 people.

About 100 a day were arriving in the area called the Porte de la Chapelle in the north of Paris, she told CNews TV station, noting many came from eastern Africa as well as the…

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