Keyword: Bulgaria

Bulgaria to extradite relative of Charlie Hebdo attacker to France

Mourad Hamyd, the French brother-in-law of gunman Chérif Kouachi, was arrested in Bulgaria last month suspected of attempting to join Islamic State group.

Brother-in-law of Charlie Hebdo attacker accepts extradition to France

Mourad Hamyd, the 20-year-old brother-in-law of Chérif Kouachi, has agreed to his extradition to France from Bulgaria.

France mourns attack victims, steps up hunt for terrorists

As seven of last week's Paris shootings victims were buried, France issued arrest warrant for a man held in Bulgaria linked to one of the gunmen.

Roma evictions: more than 2,000 removed from camps this summer

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In terms of figures, if not official rhetoric, the current government’s track record for dismantling Roma camps in France already matches that of the previous administration. According to headcounts collected by Mediapart, more than two thousand people were evicted in July and August 2012. A number of them were put on two charter flights back to Romania. Despite that, as Carine Fouteau reports, some activists insist the current situation cannot be compared to the Sarkozy era.

Hopes raised, Roma in France still face a date with the bulldozer

Just a few months into his presidency, President  Hollande’s approach has proved to be quite like that of his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

The 'devastating' stigmatisation of the Roma in France

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Roma family in Strasbourg. © L.F. Roma family in Strasbourg. © L.F.
In the summer of 2010, the French government launched a crackdown on Gypsy immigrants in France,with the demolition of hundreds of Roma camps and mass expulsions, mainly to Romania. In an interview with Mediapart, French sociologist Jean-Pierre Liégeois, one of Europe's leading experts on the Gypsy community, traces the history of the Roma and slams the campaign of stigmatisation against them as "economically costly and humanly devastating".