Roma girl Leonarda Dibrani loses France residency bid

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French court upholds the October expulsion of the teenager, her parents and six siblings to Kosovo which sparked major public controversy.

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A French court has rejected an appeal for residency by the family of a Roma schoolgirl whose deportation from France last year sparked an outcry, reports the BBC.

A court in the eastern city of Besancon upheld the October expulsion of 15-year-old Leonarda Dibrani, her parents and six siblings to Kosovo.

"My future came to an end today," said Leonarda, who is living in Mitrovica.

Leonarda's deportation triggered mass student protests after she was forcibly removed from her school bus.

Following the backlash, French President Francois Hollande offered Leonarda a compromise - to return to France on her own.

She rejected his offer.

On Tuesday, the Besancon court upheld an earlier ruling by a public magistrate that the local authorities' decision to deport the Dibrani family was justified as they had made no attempt to integrate into French society.

The Dibrani family can appeal against the latest ruling.

Read more of this report from the BBC.

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