France investigates dismantling of migrant camp in Paris after images of ‘shocking’ fight

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“They are too violent,” sobbed Shahbuddin, a 34-year-old Afghan, as he put a gray beanie back on his head after being forced out of his tent. “We just want a roof. “

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<p>La police a ensuite utilisé des gaz lacrymogènes pour disperser le reste du camp, chassant les migrants dans les rues du centre de Paris.

Ian Brossart, a deputy mayor of the city in charge of housing, emergency accommodation and refugee protection, criticized the “law and order response to a social situation”.

Migrant issue increases support for Le Pen

France has joined with other European states, such as Italy and Britain, in taking a stronger stance on migrants since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011 triggered a migrant crisis across Europe.

Opinion polls show voters are worried about the issue of migration, which in turn has motivated the support of far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who will likely be President Emmanuel Macron’s main opponent during the campaign. the next presidential election in 2022.

Paris is a key stop on the European migrant route, with tent camps that have repeatedly sprung up in the city only to be demolished by police a few months later.

Thousands of people traveled from Paris to the port of Calais and tried to board trucks crossing the Channel to England. A small number try to cross by boat.

Rights groups blow up bill restricting images of police

The latest clearance comes after the French government approved an amended security bill that would restrict the publication of photos or videos taken of the faces of police officers while performing their duties in public spaces.

Media unions say this could give the green light to police to prevent journalists from doing their jobs and potentially document abuses by security forces.

Human rights groups have lambasted the new law, which sparked protests in Paris and other French cities over the weekend.

The government says the proposal aims to protect police officers from calls to violence online. Critics fear that, if passed, the measure would endanger journalists and other observers who take videos of officers at work, especially during violent protests.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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