France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux announced Wednesday that half the country's illegal "travelling people" and Roma camps would be dismantled within three months, and that any caught breaking the law would be deported.
France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said Wednesday that half the country's illegal “travelling people” camps would be dismantled within three months, and that Roma from Bulgaria and Romania would be sent back home if they broke the law.
“Travelling people” (“gens du voyage”) is the legal term established in 1969 to refer collectively to nomadic communities on French territory that live in mobile homes or trailers and have both French nationality and a permit allowing them to move freely around the country.
The Roma, who come mainly from Romania and Bulgaria, are not included in this category under French law.
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Date created : 2010-07-28