Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

DR Congo : thousands welcome opposition leader Tshisekedi after two-year absence

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'France 24' amongst French media to stop publishing jihadists' photos

Read more

THE DEBATE

Church attack aftermath - France's political fallout: who stands to benefit?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Safety at any cost in Israel

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: ‘Genius’, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ and ‘Endless Summer’

Read more

FOCUS

Europe struggles to crack down on weapons trafficking

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France priest terror attack: Is Europe helpless?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Another drop in iPhone sales, so why are Apple shares rising?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Horror in the church: Priest 'assassinated by barbarians'

Read more

Europe

French police resume dismantling Roma camps

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-08-27

Dozens of Roma families were expelled from an illegal camp outside Paris early Monday before bulldozers moved in to destroy their homes. Socialist lawmakers decided last week to follow their conservative predecessors in removing the camps.

AFP - Police on Monday dismantled a Roma encampment near Paris, sweeping 70 people, including 19 children, onto the streets in a move likely to reignite criticism of France's handling of the ethnic minority.

Police in the suburb of Evry moved in at dawn to clear the camp following an expulsion order issued by local mayor Francis Chouat on safety and public health grounds.

The camp was deemed unsafe as it was located on spare land close to a commuter rail line.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who has been severely criticised for sanctioning the clearance of several Roma camps since the new Socialist government came to power, described sanitary conditions in the Evry settlement as "unbearable."

An estimated 15,000 ethnic Roma, mostly originating from Bulgaria and Romania, currently live in makeshift camps across France.

The government moved last week to appease critics of its policy by announcing that it would ease restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants' access to the jobs market.

But it said the dismantling of camps would continue, despite calls from some ministers and human rights groups for them to be stopped unless alternative accommodation was arranged first.

Date created : 2012-08-27

  • FRANCE

    The Roma who live and beg on the streets of Paris

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France to ease Roma employment restrictions

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France dismantles Roma camps, deports hundreds

    Read more

COMMENT(S)