'Isis mole' in French police force charged

 Police officers patrol the Champs-Elysees avenue on June 19, 2017 in Paris, after a car crashed into a police van before bursting into flames. Police have now arrested an alleged Isis sympathiser in their own ranks

Police officers patrol the Champs-Elysees avenue on June 19, 2017 in Paris, after a car crashed into a police van before bursting into flames. Police have now arrested an alleged Isis sympathiser in their own ranks

Friday, July 7, 2017

A French police officer has been charged for allegedly helping his borther facilitate the passage of jihadists to the Middle East.

The officer, who works in the Paris region of Val-de-Marne, is also suspected of having previously expressing support for Islamic State, according to French newspaper L'Express.

He was arrested on June 27 and charged on Saturday for criminal conspiracy and fraud, according to a source close to the investigation.

His accusers claim he consulted police files unrelated to his role in the Highway Accident Brigade, and used false documents to gain access to parcels.

The officer has been placed in custody and forbidden from carrying a weapon, while police have caried out searches in the wake of the arrest, notably at the Kremlin-Bicetre police station. 

His brother is already in jail, having been given a year-long sentence for abetting jihadists in Syria, according to Europe 1.

Migrants rounded up in Paris

The news comes amid reports that French police have rounded up and evicted thousands of migrants from the streets of  this morning (July 7).

Many of the illegal immigrants had travelled to the country to escape wars in Sudan, Eritrea and Afghanistan, according to Reuters.

The Paris police prefect's office said: "These illegal camps present a security and public health risk for both the occupants and local residents."

Police moved in on the migrants at around 5am local time and they were then put on buses to be taken to temporary holding areas such as gyms.

Footage of the eviction appeared to show that migrants went with police peacefully.

Paris City Hall official Dominique Versini previously said there were roughly 2,000 to 2,500 migrants on the streets.

She also told TV channel CNews that around 100 migrants were arriving in Porte de la Chapelle in northern Paris every day.

The amount of migrants on the streets has risen even though Paris City Hall has created two new centres to register and temporarily house people.

President Emmanuel Macron has asked interior minister Gerard Collomb to make a plan so that asylum requests can be processed within six months.

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