French police vacate migrant camp in central Paris

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French police have evacuated around 500 migrants - mostly Afghans but some Africans - from a makeshift tent encampment in central Paris.

In the Monday dawn operation, buses will take them to lodgings in the Paris region where they can pursue asylum requests.

James Okafor, who fled Nigeria after being attacked, said he "will be very happy to leave" because it will help him meet officials who will decide if he can stay in France.

Others were apprehensive, since most of the migrants don't speak French or English.

Two migrants drowned last month nearby and fights at camps have led to injuries, increasing the pressure on officials to close them.

In three years, police have evacuated 28,000 migrants from Paris camps.