By Emmanuelle Saliba, Euronews, Cassandra Vinograd and Matthew Grimson
The mayor of Paris on Tuesday announced plans to set up a refugee camp in the city's north, saying her country can no longer stand by as the Mediterranean "becomes a graveyard" for migrants.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo detailed her plans as officials decried a deadly week in the Mediterranean in which an estimated 1,000 or more migrants perished making the journey from Africa to Europe.
Citing Germany as an example, Hidalgo stressed that France must step up its response given the "urgency" of the situation.
"Paris will not remain without taking responsibility while the Mediterranean becomes a graveyard for refugees," Hidalgo told a press conference. "I do not want to look at myself in the mirror in six months, three years, 10 years, or 15 years and say: 'This is Paris, you were mayor of Paris and with regards to this population, you are guilty of not helping people in danger."
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Hidalgo said the city did not currently have facilities in place to treat the refugees "with dignity," but that a "humanitarian camp" is expected to open next month in accordance with U.N. standards.
The announcement comes after the International Organization issued a statement saying that at least 1,000 migrants died over the past week in the Mediterranean.
The agency said it had seen a "hopeful trend" for the first three weeks of May but that it had "obviously changed" its assessment following a series of shipwrecks and capsizes this week.
"The past eight days marks one of the deadliest periods yet in the migration crisis," it said.
While the United Nations refugee agency earlier Tuesday said the toll from last week's shipwrecks and capsizes was at least 880, IOM said interviews with survivors put the number even higher.
Emmanuelle Saliba is head of The Cube, a studio and news desk designed to discover, debunk and verify information in real-time at Euronews.
Cassandra Vinograd is a Senior Writer and News Editor. Before joining NBC News, she worked as a London-based correspondent for The Associated Press and specialized in politics, foreign affairs and defense.
Vinograd previously worked as an editor for The Wall Street Journal in Brussels and London.
She has reported extensively from Afghanistan and on West Africa and the Middle East.
Matthew Grimson is a London-based reporter and producer for NBCNews.com. He previously worked as a digital journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.