Paris Police Clear 1,300 Migrants From Abandoned School: 15-Month-Old Baby Found In A Refrigerated Lorry

immigrantsParis police removed more than 1,300 migrants from a disused school where were squatting on Friday morning, the last of a series of evacuations of sites judged unfit for habitation. Fourteen migrants, including a 15-month-old baby, were found in a refrigerated lorry in the north of the country.

Police brought 33 coaches to transport migrants from Afghanistan, Sudan, Eritrea and north Africa from the former lycée Jean-Quarré before dawn on Friday.

They were taken to accomodation centres, according to Paris city officials.

A court judged the building unfit for human habitation and gave the migrants a month to leave in September.

The Paris city council intends to convert the building into a properly equipped emergency accomodation centre in the short term and later to turn it into a media library.

The authorities have cleared a number of improvised camps and squats occupied by refugees from the Middle East and Africa in the city over the last few months.

In northern France on Friday morning 14 migrants from Syria, Iran and Iraq were found in the back of a refrigerated lorry carrying Polish licence plates.

Four of them were children, one a baby of 15 months.

They were suffering from slight carbon monoxide poisoning and were taken to nearby hospitals.

They were near the Channel port of Calais, where some 6,000 migrants live in an encampment nicknamed “the Jungle”.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve promised to provide heated tents for them by the weekend on a visit to the town on Wednesday.

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