Paris is to open its first refugee camp next month in response to asylum seekers living in the city's streets, BBC reports.

 

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said a camp to house 400 men would be opened at a site in the north of the city in mid-October. 

 

A camp for women and children, in the suburb of Ivry-sur-Seine, will follow by the end of the year.

 

Meanwhile, a planned centre for 200 asylum seekers in Essonne, 30km (20 miles) south-west of Paris, was set on fire overnight, investigators say. Makeshift camps have appeared in public areas and streets in Paris, before being cleared by police. Hundreds of people were dispersed in the city hours before the latest announcement.

 

The two camps will cost an estimated 6.5m euros (£5.4; $7.3m). They will provide shelter and medical care for asylum seekers for five to ten days.

 

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