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France Mounts Defense of Roma Deportations

Wednesday, 01 Sep 2010 08:57 AM

BRUSSELS — France, which has been sharply criticized for deporting hundreds of Roma, defended its actions on this week and accused Romania of not doing enough to integrate members of its Roma minority, The New York Times reports.

The continuing public defense came as two French ministers met here with European officials who are examining whether France’s deportation policies violated European Union rules.

The United Nations and immigrant advocacy groups have criticized France for breaking up camps of Roma migrants and returning them to Romania and Bulgaria, but the European Commission, which polices member states’ compliance with European laws, has so far refused to pass judgment.

European officials have also met with Romanian officials, who have raised concerns about the expulsions. The European Commission is expected to produce a preliminary report on the issue within two days.

On Tuesday, French officials again said the policy conforms to French and European laws, and is not discriminatory, but part of a crackdown against crime.

Read the entire story at nytimes.com

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BRUSSELS — France, which has been sharply criticized for deporting hundreds of Roma, defended its actions on this week and accused Romania of not doing enough to integrate members of its Roma minority, The New York Times reports.
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