'I feel humiliated at having been deported from France – I did nothing wrong'

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School students in France have resumed their protests over the deportation of Roma schoolgirl Léonarda who was arrested during a school trip. However, this controversial case was not an isolated incident. Under socialist president François Hollande the deportation of school students who have reached the age of majority and lack residence permits has occurred with greater frequency than under his right-wing predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy. Mediapart’s Michaël Hajdenberg gives the background to the deportations and then hears the moving story of a school pupil in France who was arrested this summer on his way to an exam and sent back to Mali five days later.

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The controversy over school pupils without residence permits being deported from France refuses to go away. Before the recent half-term break school students began a campaign of demonstrations over the deportation of 15-year-old Roma schoolgirl Léonarda Dibraniwho was arrested while on a school trip, and those protests have since resumed.