The Third World shanty town… in the heart of Paris

Children’s toys and pushchairs are scattered across the tarpaulin-covered roofs of a Roma gypsy village built from rubbish and scrap in Paris.

Youngsters play between the shacks as their parents go about their everyday lives at the camp constructed on an disused railway line next to a ring road in one of Europe’s trendiest cities.

Roma communities from EU countries such as Romania and Bulgaria have caused huge controversy in France for at least the past decade.