Paris: Police Clear Over 1,600 People from Illegal Migrant Squatter Camps

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PARIS (AP) – French police have carried out a large operation to dismantle makeshift migrant camps in north-east Paris.

Police Prefect Didier Lallement told reporters Thursday that “1,606 people were evacuated and the site is now freed of all its occupants.”

Officials say almost 600 police officers were involved in clearing up the makeshift tents set up in exhaust-fumed clad areas underneath suburban highways.

Lallement said that a police presence in the areas would be maintained to stop the migrants from returning.

This highly-publicized operation, the biggest in over a year, comes amid a French government pledge to “take back control” of immigration.

President Emmanuel Macron has been accused of cynically trying to fend off the appeal of the right before next year’s municipal elections.

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