A hundred drug addicts were evacuated on Friday from the Eole gardens district, a high place of crack consumption in Paris, to the Porte de la Villette square.
Strongly supervised by the police, the evacuation took place peacefully and ended around 11:30 am.
About fifty of them were transported by coach to the north-east of Paris, on the edge of Aubervilliers and Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), during this operation carried out by the police headquarters (PP) on the instructions of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.
In the middle of the afternoon, the PS mayor of Pantin, Bertrand Kern, was moved by the arrival of drug addicts near his town.
"I am furious because the mayor of Aubervilliers and I were faced with a fait accompli," he told AFP.
"We have just added 150 crackers to the Four Roads, which is already a pocket of misery".
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A tunnel separates Paris from Pantin at this point.
To prevent crack users from borrowing it to go to Seine-Saint-Denis, a double cinder block wall was being built on Friday afternoon.
Mr. Kern said that it was the Paris police prefect, Didier Lallement, who had decided.
What has been confirmed from a police source.
It was argued, from the same source, that in addition to the need to block this direct access to Pantin, it was also a question of securing the tunnel.