Tents where migrants live in a makeshift camp are seen on the Quai de Valmy (background) and Quai de Jemmapes of the canal Saint-Martin in Paris, France, May 15, 2018. Picture taken May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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With hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers packed in tents alongside a Paris canal and under a nearby bridge, charities are warning of the risk from drowning and violence if the authorities do not act to tackle makeshift camps.Two young men – one Afghan and one probably Sudanese – drowned in the canal this month from the camps housing more than 2,400 people by the Canal St. Martin, a trendy area known for hipsters having picnics along its banks on sunny days.The Paris municipality and government disagree on how to tackle the situation and blame each other for it, drawing criticism from charities.
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