Aubervilliers (Paris suburb): Eviction and Social Cleansing

Call for Solidarity* – Eviction and Social Cleansing in France

Solidarity from the Ministry of the Housing Crisis in Paris

The Ministry of the Housing Crisis was created earlier this January in Paris (Rue de la Banque), very close to the Paris Stock Exchange, when three active groups working towards the Right to a Decent Home, Housing Rights and Evictions, occupied the entire building (DAL, Jeudi Noir and Macaq).

At present more than 50 homeless families lives in the Ministry.

Here below is a call for solidarity for a recent threat of eviction of more than 80 families beacause of the social cleansing for the Rugby World Cup taking place in Paris. As already many evictions experienced in London for the preparation of the Olympic Degeneration (and many more evictions to come).

“Fair Play for Housing Rights: Mega-Events, Olympic Games and Housing Rights”, published on 5 June 2007 by the ‘Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions’:


Paris, 7th September 2007:


After yesterday eviction of 80 families camping with tents in Aubervillers, the situation this morning is getting harder and harder…


The 80 families slept ruff over night without covers. Covers were confiscated by the police at around 8 pm… No concrete proposition, no negotiation with the mayor. At the moment families are still determined to stay there and reclaim their right to a decent home… The police is everywhere and very oppressive…


There is urgent need of help and solidarity on the site…


Métro fort d’Aubervilliers, Line 7 – in front of the school Joliot Curie, à la Maladrerie –





Paris, 6th September 2007:


Eviction is taking place in the emergency camp of Aubervilliers where more than 80 families has been living looking for temporary accomodation for more than 3 months.



The Social Cleansing before the rugby world cup is on its way…


After this moring at 7:30 AM a big police operation, under the instruction of the Sub-commander of Saint Denis, evicted the emergency community of Aubervilliers. More than 80 families are treated with expulsion after having lived in the site for more than 3 months. Delegates of families are being questioned and the police is starting to take the tens down and asking the children to return from school. The camp is located along the wall of the school Joilot Curie, in the neigbourood of Maladreire.


Despite families and associations have been asking to open the negotiations with the Major from more than 3 months, the Municipality and the Police of St Denis decided to use violence and eviction, rather than answer to the questions of this families : the right to have a stable and decent home.


We denounce this decision of the Public authorities and of the Municipality of Aubervilliers, while the social cleansing is proceeding fast in all the regions of Paris, the suburbs and the other big cities.


We are asking one more time the opening of the negotiations with the public authorities, and a City/Government “round table” together with delegates and representative of families and we are demanding to help the evicted families in this place or with any other possible ways of accomodation.


Press and meeting point at 12 pm on the camp.


Meeting and organization for solidarity this evening at 6pm.


Contact : Edwige +33(0)6 60 16 59 19 – +33(06) 14 52 20 20