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Exclusive: New migrant camps in the heart of Paris next to £3m apartments will stay open for THREE YEARS – adding to the fury of wealthy locals

  • Locals at the Bois de Boulogne site believe three years will turn into ‘many years’
  • Three of the five wooden housing units have been completed for women and children 
  • Construction signs on the site say it will be in place for three years
  • Furious neighbours have delivered a 50,000-signature petition to officials
  • A second site is being built in the view of France’s iconic Sacre Coeur 
  • Residents near this site are more accepting, as one local man said: ‘They deserve some luck and will have one of the best locations’

One camp nestles in one of the most salubrious parts of the city, while the other – yet to be built – lies within view of the Sacre Coeur, one of the most iconic landmarks in France.

Newcomers at the camp for women and children in the Bois du Boulogne, the historic wood in the 16th Arrondissement, will be afforded stunning views of tree-lined avenues with swanky apartments.

Some of the most expensive properties in Paris will overlook the new camp, which will house around 200 women and children

Some of the most expensive properties in Paris will overlook the new camp, which will house around 200 women and children


The camp, which is located in one of the most expensive areas of Paris, will house women and children 

Just a handful of workmen were out in force in today. Exposed cables, crates and boxes of plaster are visible behind the cordoned off area. 

People living in the millenium Euro apartments, which overlook the new camp, have voiced their anger and fear property prices will plummet

And where the super rich residents once played with their kids in a forest glade, the beauty spot will soon be taken over by the desperate incoming families.

The migrants, who will eventually be Britain-bound, will move into their brand new purpose-built complex within months.

Mail Online today visited the site in the Bois du Boulogne, which locals remark looks ‘horribly out of place’, and learned that the camp will be in situ for three years.

A French notice of construction outside the three quarters built wooden-slabbed complex read: ‘Centre for 200 places for a duration of three years’.

Furious Marc Dolfi, echoing the sentiments of neighbours owning £3 million properties, said: ‘This is not the right place for a camp.

‘There is no justice. And three years will become more years.

‘We are all angry and the Mayor of Paris who allowed it is crazy!’

Critics argue the new camp is in the wrong location, and have lobbied against it opening in one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in Paris

He told of his fear that prices of homes in the plush 16th arrondissement – one of the most desirable and wealthiest in the French capital – would now plunge.

Marc lives off the prestigious Avenue Du Marechal Maunoury, which the camp may adopt as its street name.

He complained: ‘It is both a diplomatic and family area.

The new camp in the 16th Arrondissement has been designed to house women and children from war-torn areas

When completed, the camp will provide homes for 200 women and children from war zones across the world

‘Our children used to play on the beautiful grass area in front of our homes, now it is for the migrants.’

Eight miles away north west across the city stands the foundations of a second men-only migrant camp.

A 12-strong team of builders are furiously working to complete the former wasteland site situated in a prime location.

This new refugee camp is set to be built one mile from the Gare du Nord train station, which is where Eurostar services leave from, with a direct view of the Sacre Coeur

Tunusian Mohamod Hamdy, who lives bang next door to the new camp, told MailOnline: 'It's a good idea. The migrants need help and we have no choice.'

A sign which has gone up outside the all-male migrant camp close to the Gare du Nord train station

Refugee males from across the world who will live there will be treated to a spectacular view of Paris’s iconic Sacre-Coeur Basilica.

Their site directly looks at the famous Roman Catholic Church located at the summit of Montmatre, the city’s highest point.

It is in an ideal spot beside the railway line, just a mile from the Gare du Nord train station and Eurostar terminal.

The view from the as-yet unbuilt camp which will provide a home to male refugees from across the world

And the site, where a large green digger is now moving rubble, looms opposite an office tower block boasting on a billboard ‘Life’s Good’.

Tunusian Mohamod Hamdy, who lives bang next door to the new camp, said: ‘It’s a good idea. The migrants need help and we have no choice.’

Painter decorator Mohamod, 35, who has been in the city with his sister for 11 years, added: ‘They deserve some luck and will have one of the best locations.

Mohamod Hamdy has said he doesn’t mind living next to a migrant camp, and said those due to be homes there ‘deserve some luck’

‘It’s right by the train and bus stops and there’s a nearby mosque where the people have been invited to pray.

‘I don’t mind living next door to a migrant camp.’

But nearby hotels are not so welcoming with the two acre new usage site.

The site of the new camp, which is due to house male migrants, is just one mile from Gare du Nord station

A view of the Sacre-Couer from the site of the unbuilt camp, which will house male migrants

A desk manager at the Ibis Hotel said: ‘It’s not good for business but what can we do? Nothing!’

Paris mayor Socialist Anne Hidalgo hopes the migrant women will move into the camp within weeks but workers on site said today: ‘We’re won’t finish building till November.’

Three of the five double and treble story wood-slab complexes, with metal window shutters and spiral steel staircase, have been completed.

Just a handful of workmen were out in force in today. Exposed cables, crates and boxes of plaster are visible behind the cordoned off area.

A builder told Mail Online: ‘There’s still a lot more work to do. We think the families will move in during December.’

Back at the men’s yet-to-be built camp a site worker said: ‘We have been told to do things quickly.’

A 24-hour Guard Dog notice warns prying eyes to keep away. A sign on the main gate states: ‘Attention. Brigade Canine Surveillance 24H/24.’

At the Bois du Boulogne, neighbours say the migrant camps will turn the area into a ‘new Sangatte’, a reference to the Red Cross camps near Calais. 

Neighbours in the upmarket apartments say the wooden homes will turn into a ¿new Sangatte¿ - a reference to the former Red Cross refugee centre near Calais

The new wooden homes and their proximity to the apartments in an artistic impression. A local businessman said: ¿These units have been forced on us with no respect for democracy'

The new wooden homes and their proximity to the apartments in an artistic impression. A local businessman said: ‘These units have been forced on us with no respect for democracy’


The 16th Arrondissement of Paris is one of the most desirable – and wealthiest – in the French capital.

It is the third richest district in the whole of France for average household income, and includes embassies, prestige museums and art galleries.

Multi-millionaires who live there include heiress Carla Bruni, who is also a supermodel, pop singer, and the third wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

The 16th Arrondissement is one of the most desirable areas of Paris, with famous residents including Carla Bruni

The half-built camp in one of Paris’ poshest areas will provide a home for around 200 women and children

Russian oligarchs, Arab oil tycoons and dotcom billionaires regularly purchase property there, as well as more traditional French families who are attracted by the parks and leafy avenues.

Some of the richest sports clubs in the world are situated in the 16th, including Paris St Germain football club and Roland Garros, were the French tennis open is playing every year.

The enormous Bois du Boulogne includes the world famous Longchamps racecourse, while the whole district is just a short commute to central Paris, and the Defense business district of the capital.

The mayors of municipalities bordering the Bois de Boulogne demanded the abandonment of the project on in March this year

The mayors of municipalities bordering the Bois de Boulogne demanded the abandonment of the project on in March this year


The wooden housing project under construction in July this year next to Bois de Boulogne

Even during the construction phase, pictured, debated raged over the location of the homes

The buildings, pictured during construction earlier this year, will each house will contain 24 housing units

People walking through the parklands stare at the wooden buildings during construction

Two new camps are being set up in Paris, one in the heart of the upmarket 16th arrondissement area and the second in northern Paris

 

 A petition entitled ‘No to a Sangatte in the Bois du Boulogne’ has already been signed by 50,000 local people.

Claude Goasguen, a 16th arrondissement councillor, blamed the main Socialist city council for imposing the camp as part of its irresponsibly left-wing agenda.

Calling the settlement ‘unacceptable’ and a ‘huge mistake’, Mr Goasguen attacked the mayor, saying: ‘For political reasons, Madam Hidalgo wants to turn the Bois de Boulogne into a new Sangatte.’

The Mayor of Paris has been accused of wanting to turn the Bois de Boulogne into a 'new Sangatte'

A local businessman who asked to be identified solely as Etienne said: ‘These units have been forced on us with no respect for democracy, and will soon be filled with people who have no connection to the area at all.

‘There will be hundreds of them, and many more are likely to want to set up camp in the Bois du Boulogne. That’s how these situations develop – as we saw in Calais.

‘The prices of our homes are going to crash in value, and all kinds of undesirables are going to turn up. It is a disgrace.’

On Wednesday, Mrs Hidalgo said there would also be a camp mainly for men close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar terminal, from where high speed trains travel direct to London.

‘There will be two migrant camps, one for men only, and one for women and children,’ said Ms Hidalgo, a socialist who is a close ally of President Francois Hollande.

The view from the site of the camp for male refugees close to the Gare du Nord train station in Paris

Migrants have contentiously set up their own camps (pictured) in Paris near the Gare du Nord station. Now they will be given two official migrant camps 

Ms Hidalgo said that up to 100 new migrants a day were currently arriving in Paris, and that the vast majority wanted to get to Calais, and then on to the UK.

Ninety per cent of the £4m Bois du Boulogne camp will be funded by central government, and the rest by the city council.

Similar funding arrangements are being used for the other camp.

Neighbours in properties worth millions will overlook the new camp for women and children

Neighbours in properties worth millions will overlook the new camp for women and children


The site where the controversial male camp will be located

The site where the controversial male camp will be located


It comes as the right-wing council in Calais, 185 miles away, lobbies to destroy its own ‘Jungle’ refugee camp.

The main Paris camp is expected to go up in the Gare Dubois (Dubois Garage) site – a disused bus complex in northern Paris – and is set to create similar anger.

On Wednesday, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said there would also be a camp mainly for men close to the Gare du Nord (pictured)

Simone Durand, who owns a two-bedroomed apartment in the area, said: ‘It’s not just the effect on house prices we’re worrying about, it’s the crime and squalor.

‘As we’ve seen all over Paris, refugees have nothing, and the young men in particular can get up to all kinds of bad behavior.’ Serge Federbusch, a right-wing polemicist and fierce critic of the left-wing government running France, described the building of the camps as ‘cosmetic and derisory’.

He said that what was needed was secure borders, and an end to allowing asylum seekers to travel anywhere they wanted in Europe.

The tree-lined streets in the 16th Arrondissement, where one of the camps for refugees will be sited

Construction work is still going ahead on the camp for women and children

There are currently some 10,000 migrants sleeping rough in Calais, but leaders of the conservative Republic Party want their camp razed, or moved across the Channel to Dover.

This means that those opening in Paris will become immensely popular, and are likely to become a magnet for thousands more asylum seekers from all over the world.

The right-wing council in Calais, 185 miles away, is lobbying to destroy its own 'Jungle' refugee camp (pictured)

The French capital is already inundated with migrants who sleep rough in city parks, or under flyovers or railway bridges.

Riot police regularly destroy their illegal settlements, but it is impossible to move them on because even if they are dispersed in coaches, they almost always come back again.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was in Paris on Tuesday, when she and her French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve, pledged ‘close co-operation’ in dealing with the growing migrant crisis. But there are fears that the French are becoming increasingly frustrated with having to deal with thousands of migrants who simply want to go to Britain.

There are presidential elections in the Spring, and if the right-wing Republicans are elected then they could try to force the populations of all the refugees camps in France across to Britain.

 Migrant crisis: Make shift camps continue to grow around France
 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3770946/New-migrant-camps-heart-Paris-3m-apartments-stay-open-THREE-YEARS-adding-fury-wealthy-locals.html

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