French President Nicolas Sarkozy convenes his cabinet on Wednesday and is expected to announce a new plan to fight against “delinquency” among travelling people such as Roma. Human rights groups fear a crackdown.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is embarking on a controversial new anti-crime initiative targeting itinerant populations with a particular emphasis on the Roma community. The president will raise the issue on Wednesday afternoon during a special meeting that has prompted a sharp rebuke from human rights groups and other non-governmental organizations.
“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.
Roma people in France: easy target for discrimination?
Date created : 2010-07-28