Police moved in on the biggest migrant camp in Paris on Wednesday where 1,700 people lived in makeshift tents alongside a canal.
The migrants will be housed temporarily at more than 20 sites across the Paris region while the authorities check their identities, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.
CRS riot police were deployed at dawn, some arriving by boat, as the migrants emerged from their tents and waited patiently to be bussed away from the Port de la Villette camp in the northeast of the French capital, AFP reported.
The ‘Millenaire’ or Millennium camp was home mainly to Sudanese, Somali, and Eritrean migrants.
Two similar camp sites along the Canal St Martin, which houses 800 mostly Afghan migrants, and the Porte de la Chapelle, home to 300-400 people, will also be quickly evacuated, according to regional prefect Michel Cadot.