Footage shows hundreds of migrants occupying French airport terminal

Elias Hubbard
Мая 23, 2019

Le Parisien reported that Paris Charles de Gaulle, the largest global airport in France, and second-largest in the European Union behind Britain's London Heathrow, was targeted because of its proximity to an administrative detention centre in nearby Mesnil-Amelot (Seine-et-Marne), where illegal aliens are held prior to their expulsion from the country.

Footage posted on Twitter shows roughly 500 migrants chanting in Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle airport as about a dozen police officers in tactical gear look on.

"France does not belong to the French!"

In a statement that called for Air France to "stop any financial, material, logistical or political participation in deportations".

The migrants reportedly refused to let passengers board until their demands were met, in a protest one warned would not be the last.

Protesters, the majority of whom were said to be of African descent and refer to themselves as "Black Vests", called for Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to give them permanent legal status and appropriate paperwork to remain in France.

Airport operator Aeroports de Paris said no flights were affected by the protest.

The airport was apparently chosen because of its proximity to the town of Le Mesnil-Amelot, which has an administrative detention centre.

An Air France delegation met with the group on Sunday, local newspaper Le Parisien reported.

The occupation comes amid protests by France's "Yellow Vest" movement, which began over fuel tax reforms and have continued every Saturday for more than six months, leading to some 4,000 injuries.

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