FRANCE: Criminal fire in a center for migrants

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In the night of October 23th and 24th there was an arson in Loubeyrat (Puy-de-Dôme) for a future Home and orientation center for migrants.

Following the dismantling of the “jungle” of Calais, many buses have left the north of France at dawn on Monday, October 24th, towards the reception and orientation centers (ROC) distributed in all regions of the country. But unfortunately, some tensions are already apparent. Indeed, a future center of welcome and orientation for migrants was slightly damaged by arson in Loubeyrat (Puy-de-Dôme) on the night of Sunday 23th to Monday 24th October, according to the prefecture and firefighters. The fire broke out around midnight at the lobby of the building, then empty, but did not spread more thanks to the intervention of firefighters, said the prefecture in a statement.
An investigation was opened and samples were taken by investigators of the research brigade to identify the perpetrators. “The government strongly condemns this act which, apart from being criminal and dangerous, violates the republican values of France, which offer refuge to people fleeing war and persecution is a duty which we cannot escape,” adds the prefecture in the previous declaration.
In the Puy-de-Dôme, three reception centers and guidance are mobilized to welcome migrants from the slum near Calais. Besides this incident, the evacuation of the Calais jungle has started peacefully and on apace, with the departure of a couple of late morning buses to several 451 ROC opened around the country. The dismantling of the largest slum in France, home to 6,000 and 8,000 people according to sources, has to take several days.


By Jérémy Leduc, IEJ 1D


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