By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
Published: 12:10 GMT, 17 November 2020 | Updated: 12:13 GMT, 17 November 2020
French police have forcibly cleared a huge Paris migrant camp where more than 2,000 people lived shoulder-to-shoulder in tents under a motorway overpass.
Around 2,400 migrants, most of them young men from the Middle East and Africa, set fire to their camp under the A1 in Saint-Denis in the northern suburbs of Paris last night after police in heavy riot gear arrived.
The nearby metro station was closed for security reasons as officers attempted to control the crowds ahead of the arrival of dozens of buses to remove them this morning.
Police said the operation would 'guarantee the safety and health of all, especially against COVID-19.'
An officer in heavy riot gear and a face mask stands guard as firemen douse the inferno at the migrant camp last night
A migrant hurls a wooden pallet onto a burning mass of tents and other belongings as riot police moved in to prepare 2,400 people to be moved away from the underpass in Saint-Denis in the northern suburbs of Paris last night
A tremendous column of thick black smoke rises from the fire constructed by the migrants last night in furious scenes in the Paris suburbs
Migrants, most of them young men from the Middle East and Africa, sit on the ground as they wait for buses to arrive at their huge camp in Saint-Denis