France: Paris, former migrant bridge heavily guarded

Metal wires to prevent new tent camps

04 June, 12:45

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JUNE 4 - The former migrant bridge of Paris has been cordoned off less than 24 hours from the evacuation of the makeshift camp on Pont de la Chappelle, close to the Gare du Nord station and the Butte Montmartre. The site has been cleared and is now protected with metal wire. Until the day before yesterday, some 380 migrants stood on the bridge raising concerns for their desparate sanitary conditions and the risk of epidemics.

    According to Le Parisien, the area will also be guarded in the hope of preventing the return of squatters and migrants.

    In theory, the hundreds of people evacuated Tuesday have been lodged between Paris and its outskirts, but yesterday afternoon some twenty migrants who claimed to be former occupants of the bridge, have returned to La Chappelle in search of a place to sleep.

    Migrants who have not presented an asylum request are entitled to lodgings but only for three days. (ANSAmed).

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