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Video: Migrants given hot breakfasts as cold snap grips Paris

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-01-19

A group of parents in northern Paris are providing breakfasts to migrants and homeless people, sometimes in front of their children’s school. It is a welcome gesture for those sleeping rough as France experiences its coldest winter in five years.

“Quartiers solidaires”, or Neighbourhoods United, is a group created by ordinary residents who wanted to help migrants sleeping outside their homes nightly.

“It’s a way to show ourselves, our children and the migrants that we don’t accept this situation,” Anne Louise Milne, a member of the group, told FRANCE 24.

A handful of improvised aid groups like Quartiers solidaires have come together in the French capital as authorities struggle with the sudden influx of refugees and migrants.

An official migrant centre in Paris welcomed its first occupants in November, just a week after police cleared thousands of refugees from an improvised camp in the city.

A recent cold snap across Europe has put many migrants at risk. Plummeting temperatures were blamed for the deaths of more than 20 people last week in Eastern Europe.

Click on the player above to see FRANCE 24’s video report on how Parisians are helping migrants.

Date created : 2017-01-18

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