Right-wing mayor slammed after suggesting Roma people should be left to burn
Mediapart has obtained the recording of a public meeting in which a mayor from the right-wing UMP main opposition party is heard suggesting that Roma people should be allowed to burn in fires that break out at their camps. Luc Jousse, from Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the South of France, talks on the tape about a spate of fires at a Roma settlement in his town. 'It's almost a shame that the emergency services were called so early!' he says, to laughter. The comments were quickly condemned as 'unacceptable' by the UMP's own leadership. Jousse, who has now been suspended by his local party, said he regretted the remarks but insisted he was simply relaying the comments of a local resident. Hélène Constanty reports.