French government launches new wave of crackdowns on Roma camps

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French police evicted some 200 Roma gypsy migrants from makeshift camps close to Lille on August 9th, in an early morning operation that followed several other forced evictions of Roma from settlements in Paris and Lyon in recent days. The evictions in Lyon led to 240 of the homeless Roma being sent back to Romania by plane, which French officials described as a voluntary repatriation. The moves have outraged French associations campaigning for the rights of Roma, who accused the new socialist government of continuing with the stigmatizing policies of its conservative predecessors.

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French police on Thursday evicted some 200 Roma gypsy migrants from makeshift camps in Hellemmes and Villeneuve d'Ascq, close to Lille, in an early morning raid that followed several other forced evictions earlier this week of hundreds of other Roma from settlements in Paris and Lyon.