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FRANCE. Migrants exposed to freezing temperatures as snow falls in Paris -


As a second flurry of snow fell over metropolitan France on Friday (February 9), homeless migrants in Paris feared for their safety during the icy weather.

For more than 300 migrants camped near Paris's Canal Saint-Martin, the chilly episode made already difficult living conditions even more unbearable.

Most of the migrants have been sleeping in tents that do little to withstand the cold for the past few months, and language barriers prevent them from accessing all the resources available for those in need. Most rely on passersby's spare change or on charitable organisations initiatives.

The Meteo France weather authority has put 27 departments, including the wider Parisian region of Ile-de-France, under orange alert due to the snowfall.

Friday morning saw 3 to 7 cm (1.2 to 2.8 inches) of fresh snowfall in the northern and central regions of the country.

The migrants are set to continue struggling over the weekend, as Meteo France predicts lows of -8 degrees celsius (-17.6 fahrenheit) in the coldest parts of the country overnight.


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