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French authorities move to clear out refugee camp in Paris

Some 350 members of the police force were taking part in the operation at the Porte de La Chapelle area, police said.

Mounir (R), a 28-year-old man from Pakistan, sits on a mattress under a bridge at a migrant and refugee makeshift camp set up under the highway near Porte de la Chapelle, northern Paris, on 19 April 2017. Picture: AFP.

BENGALURU - French authorities are working to clear out a refugee camp in northeast Paris, the police said on Tuesday, with local media reports estimating that the site housed around a thousand mostly African and Afghan migrants.

Some 350 members of the police force were taking part in the operation at the Porte de La Chapelle area, police said.

A similar operation took place in November, when thousands of migrants were cleared out from a squalid camp in the capital, which had doubled in size after the closure of the so-called "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais, northern France.