Police in Paris have been forcibly removing 150 residents from two buildings that have been declared unsafe.

The evacuation follows two deadly fires in the French capital in the past week.

The French Interior Minster, Nicolas Sarkozy, ordered the eviction of squatters from unsafe buildings.

The families who were removed from their homes this morning are reported to have been given safe accommodation elsewhere.

Last week, seven people were killed in a fire at a building housing African immigrants in Paris. Four days before that 17 people were killed in a fire in a run-down apartment block, also housing immigrants.

Mr Sarkozy ordered an investigation into housing conditions for immigrants in the French capital following the fires.