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visiting a migrant camp already evacuated twice, Hidalgo taken to task – RT in French

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The mayor of Paris was arrested by exasperated residents as she visited a camp of Afghans already evacuated twice in six weeks in the French capital.

This December 9, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo went for a short visit to an Afghan camp in the capital, already evacuated twice in six weeks.

Dismantled twice on October 27 and November 17, this camp located in the north of the capital, under the aerial metro, at La Chapelle, is again occupied by around 300 people, the majority of them Afghans.

On the scene, Anne Hidalgo denounced “a humanitarian situation which is not dignified” and denounced “inaction by the State” to shelter people sleeping on the street. “We have to find solutions, we want to find them alongside the state,” added the city councilor.

But on the spot, the situation was particularly tense and the mayor of Paris was targeted by local residents exasperated by the appearance of multiple camps in the district in recent years.

Tarak Sassi, founder of the La Remontée association, which works for professional integration and reintegration, criticized the mayor for not listening to his demands. As he called her to “dialogue”, Anne Hidalgo left the scene by car.

In another sequence captured by the cameras of the journalists present on the spot, we can hear a local resident calling out to Anne Hidalgo: “You are the shame of France! You are the shame of Paris! It took two centuries to make Paris the most beautiful city in the world. In two terms, you have made it the trash of the world! It is a scandal !”

“We will come back as much as necessary”, for her part assured Anne Hidalgo on Twitter after her visit, stressing “wanting to tell the residents” that her team was there “to resolve this situation”.



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