A glance at the photos shows exclusively 20-something young men, reported to be mostly from majority Muslim nations.
Referring to the Paris clearance, French president Francois Hollande said, “We won’t tolerate the camps any longer.” That’s tough talk for a socialist.
But without a strategy of deporting the illegal aliens, the foreigners will simply relocate somewhere else, as happened in this case. Knocking down tents does not solve the problem.
The current Paris situation shows the chaos that inevitably results from open borders.
CHAOS IN PARIS: Riot police swarm as migrant camp destruction provokes fierce clashes, Express (UK), October 31, 2016
FIGHTS have broken out on the streets of Paris as riot police supported demolition workers in smashing up a camp full of UK-bound migrants
Scuffles broke out as mainly Afghans and Eritreans tried to save their possessions during the raid, which started soon after 8am.
It followed thousands of migrants arriving in the French capital following the razing of the Calais Jungle refugee camp last week. While some 5,000 Jungle residents agreed to be bussed to resettlement centres around France, many others headed off independently, saying they still wanted to get to Britain.
Up to 3,000 set up tents on the pavements around the Stalingrad Metro station, which is close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar hub in the north of Paris.
Shortly before today’s clearance French president Francois Hollande said: “We won’t tolerate the camps any longer.”
Referring to the Paris clearance, Mr Hollande said: “We are going to carry out the same operation as in Calais.”
CRS riot police around Stalingrad said there would be a ‘gradual operation’ which is likely to go on all week until all the camps are gone.
Meanwhile, the first ever official centre for refugees in Paris is due to be opened by the city’s Socialist council later this week.
The £6m facility is also close to the Eurostar hub, and will have beds for 400 men. But local residents and business owners say it will attract people smugglers, and other criminals.
Jean Brossard, who has been living in the area for 30 years, said: “None of us asked for an immigrant centre on our doorsteps.
“Everybody in the area is complaining. If these men want to go to England, then send them to England.”
Others have accused the Socialists of tokenism, saying they are simply opening the camps as a humanitarian gesture that will have no long term effect on Europe’s immigrant crisis.
The official centre, which will include a football pitch, will only allow residents to stay for between five and 10 weeks, and is likely to shut down within two years.
Another centre for women with children will also open in the Paris suburb of Ivry-sur-Seine later this year, or early next, but it too will only have a limited capacity of 350 temporary places.
The squatter settlement in Paris has already been evacuated twice before, and now, less one week after the ‘Jungle’ refugee’ camp was dismantled, thousands of migrants are said to have come back to this popular spot located in the heart of the French capital.
Colombe Brossel, the Socialist deputy mayor in charge of security and urban affairs, said: “There were 1,500 migrants living under and around the ‘Stalingrad’ metro last week. There are now more than 2,200.”
At daybreak, police officials were sent to the squalid ‘Stalingrad’ makeshift tent camp in Paris to separate asylum seekers from illegal immigrants ahead of the camp’s imminent evacuation.
Police officers carried out checks in an effort to figure out who amid the group of homeless migrants has the right to seek sanctuary in France, i.e., those fleeing armed conflict or persecution; and who will need to be deported and sent back to their home country, said a local police source.
Those without papers or proof of ID will be arrested and sent home, whereas those who can prove that they have the right to claim asylum in France will remain in the camp.
A charity official told BFMTV: ”They will be taken to a temporary reception centre this week, once enough beds have been found.”
But the last-minute decision to evacuate the ‘Stalingrad’ camp has sparked outrage among charity workers, who claim they were given no prior warning and that they did not get the chance to warn the migrants that the police would be coming to check their papers.
According to local reports, some migrants got upset and angry after being told that they could not even go back to their tents to pick up their belongings, prompting clashes between the squatters and the police.