Paris mayor calls for a halt to squatter evictions

13th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 12 (AFP) - Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë on Wednesday called on police in the French capital to halt their tough new policy of forcibly evicting squatters from buildings deemed insalubrious until alternative lodgings could be found for them.

PARIS, Oct 12 (AFP) - Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë on Wednesday called on police in the French capital to halt their tough new policy of forcibly evicting squatters from buildings deemed insalubrious until alternative lodgings could be found for them.

In a letter to police chief Pierre Mutz, made public, Delanoë said the buildings already targeted for police raids "do not all seem to pose major problems justifying their immediate evacuation."

The Socialist mayor urged for another tactic to be used, one "more effective and more respectful of people."

Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy had ordered the eviction operations after two fires in August in rundown buildings killed 24 people, most of them children of African immigrant families.

Paris City Hall has compiled a list of 1,000 buildings in the city unsuitable for human dwellings and has embarked on a costly programme to renovate them.

The capital's police say they have identified around 60 illegally-inhabited buildings which are at risk of catching fire.

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Subject: French news

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