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In pictures: France's tent city
Tented camp
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In Aubervilliers, one of the bleaker northern suburbs of Paris, 25 immigrant families spent the summer in a tent camp on a street corner.
Tented camp
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The group - totalling about 100, mostly African people - had been expelled by police in June from a nearby building they were squatting in, which is earmarked for destruction.
Protest
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The Aubervilliers families are among thousands thrown out of dilapidated blocks of flats in the French capital every year. Several buildings caught fire recently, killing dozens.
Immigrants move to temporary shelter
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After weeks of tension, the group reached a deal with the local authorities; the families agreed to pack their bags, to be re-housed in a temporary shelter.
Adama Bathily
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Among those on the move is Adama Bathily, 39, a Malian who has lived and worked without papers in Paris since 1991.
Adama Bathily outside the hostel
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The former squatters have been taken to a hostel for young workers, while long-term accommodation is being arranged and the residency status of the immigrants reviewed.
Adama Bathily's family
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Like other families, Mr Bathily lives with his wife and baby son in a 12 sq m (120 sq ft) room designed for single men.
Bathroom
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The washing facilities in the rooms are not great - but it's a step up from the tent city.
Communal kitchen
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The re-housed mothers do the cooking in a collective kitchen, rather than on makeshift stoves.
Site of former tented camp
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About 1.5 km (one mile) away, the tent city has gone. Mr Bathily says the immigrants helped clear the site in one day.



SEE ALSO:
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