More than 1000 migrants, mostly from Eritrea, Somalia and Afghanistan, have been evicted from a makeshift camp in Paris early on Friday morning. While official estimates on the number of migrants in the camp were around 1,500, Le Parisien newspaper suggested the was as high as 2,500 after hundreds more moved into the area on Thursday in order to be part of the eviction.
People were removed from their tents near the metro stations Jaurès and Colonel Fabien in the French capital. Among the large group of men were one hundred single women, children and families who were given priority to board buses to take the migrants outside of the city to reception centres in Ile-de-France and the provinces.
Security forces were forced to use tear gas to push back the baying crowds as they waited to be moved on from the area which featured hundreds of tents, mattresses and makeshift cardboard beds.
The head of the French Immigration and Integration Office, Didier Leschi, said some were passing through France and were planning to seek asylum in other European countries.
The migrants were put on buses and taken out of the area with around 1,500 short term accommodation places being made available for them around the country.
A lot of refugees had already been granted asylum in France but cannot find work and don't know where to live.
Paris police have been battling the makeshift camps for months, with new illegal sites being built at the same rate they as existing ones are being evacuated and torn down.
The operation in northern Paris was the 26th of its kind over the past year in the city. In May, French police tore down and evicted 500 migrants from an illegal camp under the Stalingrad metro in east Paris for the third time in two months.
In May, the city's mayor Anne Hidalgo announced plans to create a refugee camp with proper facilities, scheduled to be up and running in September.