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France Moves To Sweep 2,500 Refugees From The Streets Of Paris

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

French authorities will attempt to remove 2,500 migrants from the streets of Paris to prevent large camps from forming.

Large makeshift camps have been set up across France as refugees are pouring into the country. The infamous “Jungle” in Calais closed Wednesday and the next move is to clear the capital of thousands of refugees.

“We could tolerate the camps no longer, and we will not tolerate them,” French President Francois Hollande said Saturday. “We are going to carry out the same operation as in Calais.”

A majority of the 5,000 migrants who were evicted from Calais are resettling in shelters across France. Hollande claims the rapid increase of homeless refugees in Paris has little to with the closure of the Jungle, but more to do with an increase in migrants arriving from North Africa. (RELATED: France Fears New Migrant ‘Jungle’ Is Already Taking Shape In Calais)

“It is not those from Calais who have gone to Paris,” he said. “There are perhaps a few. In contrast, there has been a new influx of migrants from Libya in the last few weeks and months, and they have headed for Paris.”

Tent cities started to take shape in Paris during the spring of 2015. A representative for a charitable organization told Agence France-Presse that the number of refugees his charity feeds went up from 700-800 to about 1,000 in just a few days.

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