Paris Olympic Bid –and Everyday Life –in Jeopardy

Police have removed  more than 2000 migrants from the Porte de la Chapelle area of Paris, and bussed them to temporary shelters. The removal follows complaints by local residents about the deteriorating quality of life in the area.

Paris’s chances to host the Olympic Games in 2024 have been put in doubt by the Muslim migrant enclaves that visitors must navigate to enter the proposed site.

“No-go zones,” where even the police fear to enter or pursue criminal suspects, pockmark the map of Paris, making it nearly impossible for Paris residents –particularly women — to carry on their normal activities.

Areas like Place de la Chapelle, formerly a quiet square behind the Gare du Nord train station, have been transformed in a short space of time into havens for immigrant rough sleepers and drug dealers which are said to be increasingly intimidating for many people, especially women.

According go the Sunday Times of London, since 2015 a huge influx of immigrants – mostly single men – have begun sleeping in parks, on the streets and under the arches of the Metro bridges in northeast Paris.

They have been accused of verbally abusing women in the streets, routinely shouting “Bitch” and “Dirty whore”. Street robbery and drug taking have also become rife.

Visitors must pass through La Chappelle to visit the city’s stadiums. It is also near the main train stations used by many tourists.

But there’s an app for that.

A new app called  No-Go Zone has been introduced in Paris to warn people if they have entered a dangerous area. Users can also “upload current incidents, ranging from attacks to sexual assaults, and they will beamed straight to a smartphone or device.”

One Parisian reviewer said:   . . . ‘It is an indispensable application for anyone who thinks that the cultural ‘enrichment’ of non-natives is not compatible with our way of life,’ 

[L]ast month a vast clean-up operation was launched when the Olympic committee came to visit for an inspection ahead of the Games. They moved out 1600 people in 24 hours. I find it contemptible that the mayor’s office acted only when there was media attention.
A  La Chapelle resident calling herself “Laurence” recently began a petition asking President Emmanuel Macron and Socialist Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo to clean up the area.
As a woman you start adopting defensive measures. You don’t go here or there. Avoid certain routes. Take your kids to school another way. I stopped going to my tobacconist and some cafes because suddenly there were only men inside. I have to ask the teenage drug dealers politely to step aside in the foyer just so I can get to my own door.
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