. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hunger Strike Stiffens

PARIS () -- Africans on a 42-day-old hunger strike in a Paris church to demand residence permits in France plan to handcuff themselves together to resist a possible police bid to eject them, their spokesman said Thursday.

Spokesman Bubakar Diop told reporters the immigrants feared police might use the mid-August holiday weekend, when most French people are on holiday, to evict them from the Saint Bernard church.

Some 300 Africans facing expulsion under hardline 1993 anti-immigration laws have occupied the church since June. Ten of them, mostly Malians, have vowed to fast until they are given the right to stay in France.