The increasing squalor for Roma in France


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A year ago President Nicolas Sarkozy laid down a tough new policy towards Roma gypsy migrants in France that aroused a national and international outcry, when it was even compared with the treatment of Jews during the Second World War. One year after his speech, Mediapart visited a camp north of Paris with Médecins du Monde, the ‘French doctors' charity that has worked with the Roma community for decades, and with local authorities. We were asked not to reveal the camp's exact location or take any still photos or video. We found squalor and desperation, but also people trying to maintain a normality despite their precarious existence. Cécile Alibert reports.